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Making Strides: Story of Sister Support

One ZTA member’s reason is a personal one
Posted at 9:44 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 22:30:25-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Like so many others, Michelle Macartney’s reason for her involvement in fighting Breast cancer is a personal one. She comes from a long family line of survivors and non-survivors.

So when her national sorority of Zeta Tau Alpha partnered with the American Cancer Society, "As soon as I heard that I was thrilled and I’ve been involved ever since in everything we’ve done," she said.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

What they do, primarily, is enhance and grow the survivor experience, which is now needed more than ever before because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a scary time. It’s harder for them to get support because think about going to see a doctor and not having a spouse or sister or daughter being able to go in with you for moral support," said Macartney.

The support is showcased at the yearly Making Strides events as Zeta Tau Alpha sisters greet, take pictures, and hand out goodies to survivors.

“Recognizing them and honoring them and ensuring that when they come to the Making Strides they have the best possible experience,” she said.

But the pandemic has made the close personal connections impossible.

This year’s walk has changed so the Tucson chapter members have to be creative in their support.

She said, “They’re going to have a driving event. And so we’ll be able to go out and hand things out socially distanced and have signs and encourage the survivors.”

Click here for more information on how to get involved in the 2020 Making Strides "Drive" Against Breast Cancer.