By Miriam Rosenberg
Borough President Helen Marshall (center) was among Queens public officials who spoke before the walk. Also pictured are Congressman Anthony Wiener, Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Councilman Leroy Comrie and David Golub of the American Cancer Society. Queens residents of all ages, from babies in strollers to senior citizens, were among the 5,000 who took part in the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 16 on Queens Boulevard.
The walk, which started and finished at Queens Borough Hall, collected nearly $6,000 for the cause. According to the American Cancer Society, 174,500 people walked in the 20 Making Strides events in the New York/New Jersey region raising $13.1 million. The figures do not include the one additional walk scheduled in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Among those in Rockaway who donated were representatives of RDRC, the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and the 101 Precinct, in addition to The Wave and members of the staff.
Sporting pink survivor tee shirts, survivors prepare to cut the ribbon and lead off the 13th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk down Queens Boulevard. David Golub (the Queens regional vice resident for the American Cancer Society) called the breast cancer survivors true heroes and said, “They are the reason we continue the fight and they remind us of an important message – early detection saves lives.” Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
|Cancer survivors and Rockawayites Miriam Rosenberg and Victor Gabay pose for a photo before the walk. Rosenberg (a breast cancer survivor and the contributing editor for the Wave) took part in the walk and Gabay (who heads the Man to Man support group for prostate cancer survivors) served as a volunteer for the event.|