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Congratulations to the 2023 Spirit of Strides Award winners!

We salute those who embody the relentless commitment that propels the success of this movement.​

The Spirit of Strides Awards seek to honor and recognize all those who have gone above and beyond to help drive the American Cancer Society’s vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone, through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement.

Be sure to look for this news on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Pacesetter and The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Movement Facebook pages, so you can share the announcement with all those you know. We want to shower our winners with congratulatory messages for their achievements! 

The Spirit of Strides Awards are intended to honor and recognize an event, individual, and team that embody the relentless Making Strides spirit and commitment that has propelled the success for this movement. Winners from each of these categories were revealed starting Feb. 12, and details can be found on ACSResources

Data-Determined Awards are solely based on data collected in ACS records. Below is the list of our top winners, and ACS team members can access an internal resource of all data-based winners here.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Select Fundraising and Data-Determined Award Winners

#1 Net Income Event

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Long Island, NYC - $2.4 million

Nationwide Top Company Team


Top 5 Nationwide Teams (Full list available on

  1. AutoZone Striders: $274,032 – Memphis, TN
  2. Ergon, Inc.: $185,090 – Central MS
  3. Team Hard Rock AC: $166,521 – Ocean City, NJ
  4. Linda’s Angels: $151,737 – Long Island, NY
  5. Answer to Cancer SRQ: $132,230 – Sarasota, FL

#1 Nationwide Individual Fundraiser

  • Larry Tomkins: $183,335 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central MS 

Legacy Team ($1 million+ lifetime fundraising)

  • AutoZone Striders – Memphis, TN

Making Strides Hero of Research Award Winners

  • AutoZone Striders – Memphis, TN, pictured at right 
  • Ergon, Inc. – Central MS, pictured at right 

Many thanks and a big congratulations to all of amazing Making Strides events, teams, volunteers, and ACS leads for helping to end cancer as we know it, for everyone!

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