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(Oct. 16, 2020) For the past nine years, Maryland Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has hosted a walk on the Boardwalk to support breast cancer research and awareness.

Over 700 walked or ran in the Ocean City event last year and several hundred spectators were also on hand. Because of covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, the walk and several other events have been canceled this year.

Instead of a walk this October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – there will be car parades in three Maryland locations, including Ocean City.

“It’s disappointing, but I think we’ll have some new participants because it’s a drive and you don’t have to walk,” Mary Bellis, senior community development manager, Northeast Region, American Cancer Society Inc., said. “We’re hoping for a safe, fun event.”

Online advance registration for the Ocean City Boardwalk car parade on Saturday, Oct. 24, is available at www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd. Teams raising $100 or more can bring up to three cars. There is a $50 minimum donation for individuals who would like to participate.

Participants can begin arriving at the inlet parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

“There’s plenty of space in the inlet parking lot to social distance,” Bellis said.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear pink and decorate their cars. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated cars.

“It’s a rare opportunity to drive on the Boardwalk,” Bellis said.

In addition, supporters can make a donation of $25 to have a tribute sign displayed along the Boardwalk during the car parade in honor or memory of a friend or loved one who has had cancer or in support of a cancer caregiver.

Money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society, breast cancer research, programs and services.

For more information about the car parade or other activities, contact Bellis at Mary.Bellis@cancer.org, OceanCityMDStrides@cancer.org or call 410-749-1635. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

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