7,000 Queens Residents Walk To Strike Out Breast Cancer
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.
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.