By: Andrew Silverstein

If you're in the Tampa Bay area and feel like raising awareness for a great, charitable cause or simply getting out there and walking the city with hundreds of your community neighbors, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is a great way to do both.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is a 5k, non-competitive walk in Downtown Tampa going down on October 22, 2011.  The purpose?  To raise funds and foster community in the name of eradicating breast cancer in America and across the world.  This is a great way to not only honor those who've survived breast cancer, but give towards the American Cancer Society's educational and research efforts in eliminating this terrible disease.  The walk begins at the St. Pete Times Forum at 9 a.m. with registration open at 7:30 a.m.

Best of all, there's no registration fee!  All they ask is a willingness to raise funds and awareness for this cause.

Your contributions towards these efforts against breast cancer certainly don't have to begin on the 22nd though.  All the way up until the event, both teams and individuals are encouraged to raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  Fundraising is likely less work than you may think.  In this day and age, it's as easy as sending emails or Facebook messages to your friends and family requesting donations.  For more information on how to form a team and fundraise, visit the official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website here.

You can do it yourself or get your friends, organization, or business involved through a team effort.  The Singing Stone Gallery in Ybor City, for instance, has formed a team, the Ybor City Striders, to raise funds for this great event.  Make a donation through their fundraising website here or join the team if you so please.  Their first meeting goes down on September 1st at 7 p.m. at the Laughing Cat in Ybor City.  Find out more on their Facebook event page here.

As you can see, you've definitely got options when it comes to fundraising and joining the cause for this great event.  Lace up those walking shoes and get ready for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 22 in Downtown Tampa.