2006-10-20 / Community

7,000 Queens Residents Walk To Strike Out Breast Cancer

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Participants gather in front of Queens Borough Hall to watch the opening ceremonies for the walk. Participants gather in front of Queens Borough Hall to watch the opening ceremonies for the walk. The weather was sunny and cool as over 7,000 Queens residents spent the morning and early afternoon of October 15 walking to raise money and awareness in the annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Queens Boulevard.

Overall in the Eastern Division, which covers New York and New Jersey, 192,000 walkers took part in the various walks that took place. The amount raised at the Queens Boulevard event brought in $600,000 and the total raised in the New York/New Jersey area was $13.82 million.

"We did great this year," said Keith Hudson, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society.

All monies raised remain in their respective areas.

"The $600,000 will go directly to programs, research and advocacy in the Queens community," Hudson explained.

Some of the programs available through the American Cancer Society are the Reach to Recovery program and the Look Good, Feel Better program. Both are for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

After cutting the ribbon to start the walk, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joins survivors as they lead the way for the 7,000 Strides participants. After cutting the ribbon to start the walk, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joins survivors as they lead the way for the 7,000 Strides participants. Reach to Recovery pairs breast cancer patients with survivors who volunteer to give support, information and encouragement to those going through the disease.

The Look Good, Feel Better program helps patients by giving them makeovers with tips on such things as makeup, wigs and skincare. There is also a program for men.

Anyone looking to find information on cancer or any of these or other programs run by the American Cancer Society can call 1-800-ACS- 2345 or can go to www.cancer.org.

Representative Anthony Wiener welcomes the 7,000 walkers who took part in the event with the ACS's slogan for the walk - "Hope Starts Here." Representative Anthony Wiener welcomes the 7,000 walkers who took part in the event with the ACS's slogan for the walk - "Hope Starts Here." Many Striders brought their dogs, such as this fellow who was all decked out in a pink ribbon for the occasion. Many Striders brought their dogs, such as this fellow who was all decked out in a pink ribbon for the occasion.

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