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The Nation’s Largest Breast Cancer Walk To Take Place At Two Locations On Long Island

Sydney A. Braat

Community members gathered at the Riverhead Aquarium to honor those effected by breast cancer. (Photo: Koleda Productions)

Long Island will continue to help fight breast cancer with the largest walk in the country! The annual walks, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, will be offered at two separate locations. The first will take place on Sunday, October 15 at Jones Beach State Park and the second walk will take place on Sunday, October 22 at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus. Form a team, join a team, walk as an individual, or bring a friend to these events that fight an illness that effects people around the world.

"The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks on Long Island is a way to celebrate cancer survivors, pay tribute to loved ones lost, and give to help save lives from breast cancer," said Patti Lestrange Mack, Communications Director of American Cancer Society.

Last year, an estimated 70,000 walkers from across Nassau and Suffolk County raised over $3 million dollars. Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million in nearly 300 communities nationwide.

The funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will enable the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking research, provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer, and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.

An estimated 70,000 walkers took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk last year. (Photo: Koleda Productions)


"Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every town affected by breast cancer, whether they're currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction," said Katie Goepfrich of the American Cancer Society. "At the event, communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose - celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer."

The walk on October 15 at Jones Beach State Park will begin with registration at 7 a.m. and a rolling start at 8 a.m. The walk on October 22 begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. with a start time of 8:30 a.m. There are no fees to register, though contributions and donations are greatly appreciated.

Jones Beach State Park is located at 1 Ocean Parkway in Wantagh and Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus is located at 121 Speonk Riverhead Road in Riverhead. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 631-300-3455 or visit www.makingstrideswalk.org.




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