2004-05-14 / Community

Senator Malcolm Smith To Lead Cancer Parade

Senator Malcolm Smith To Lead Cancer Parade

State Senator Malcolm Smith will act as the Grand Marshal of the National Cancer Day Parade in Queens on Saturday, June 5. The parade is being presented by the Queens New York Chapter of the Mahogany Sisters Network – an African American breast cancer survivor’s organization – whose mission is to increase local and national attention to the impact of breast cancer in the African American community.

"I am honored and extremely proud to be serving as Grand Marshal in the National Cancer Day Parade being organized by the Queens Chapter of the Mahogany Sisters Network organization," said Senator Smith. "Breast cancer is an insidious disease whose incidence has dramatically increased among African American women in recent years. By working to inform and educate its members about this cancer, the Mahogany Sisters Network is providing an invaluable and life-saving service.

The Mahogany Sisters Network was founded in 1994 by Karen Jackson – a breast cancer survivor – in order to create an organization that would provide a warm and supportive environment for other African American breast cancer survivors to share experiences, bond, and find comfort in the realization that they were not alone in their journey back to wellness. The organization has since grown to include chapters in 35 cities with a membership numbering more than 2,000, and is the only national African American breast cancer survivor organization in the country.

"The growth and success of the Mahogany Sisters Network is a tribute to the tenacity and hard work of its founders and all of its members who have worked diligently to expand awareness and support for those who have been touched by this disease," said Smith. "It serves as a shining example of hope and optimism in the face of adversity." In addition to Senator Smith, sponsors of the parade include Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman William Scarborough, and York College President Dr. Robert Hampton. The National Cancer Day Parade will be starting at Baisley and Merrick Boulevards at 10 a.m.


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