2002-11-09 / Letters

Please Get Involved

Please Get Involved

Dear Editor;

On Saturday, October 26, the Annual Benefit Brunch for Cancer Awareness and Prevention was held at the Pier 92 Restaurant. The Cancer Awareness and Prevention Support Group of Rockaway sponsored the event.

After a seminar regarding the cancer statistics of African-Americans, which outlined how more aggressive cancers and late diagnosis contribute to decreased life expectancy in blacks, participants discussed the importance of early detection and methods of making information available to the community.

The support group was formed by the Prayer Circle, a group of women from the Rockaway community, and the Bertha Missionary Society of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Arverne, back in 1999.

The group would like to extend sincere thanks to the local churches and politicians for their overwhelming support. In addition, we would like to thank Reverend Larry Shell, Jr. and the membership of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church for their support in bringing awareness to the community.

Julia Blair (Health Advisor), Simone Meeks (Political Advisor), and I would like to extend an invitation for cancer survivors, and other advocates for cancer awareness and prevention, to join the support group. Those interested can call (718) 634-4467. Thank you.

SARAH COLSON
CHAIRPERSON,
THE CANCER AWARENESS AND PREVENTION SUPPORT GROUP


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