2007-10-26 / Community

Rockaway Residents Join In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

By Miriam Rosenberg

Councilman James Gennaro; American Cancer Society president for Queens County, Joe Conley; Borough President Helen Marshall; and Councilman Tony Avella join survivors as they prepare to cut the ribbon to start the Making Strides walk on Queens Boulevard. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Councilman James Gennaro; American Cancer Society president for Queens County, Joe Conley; Borough President Helen Marshall; and Councilman Tony Avella join survivors as they prepare to cut the ribbon to start the Making Strides walk on Queens Boulevard. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rockaway residents and institutions have taken part in several events to fight an illness that will strike 1,367 women in Queens during 2007, with 323 women expected to die from the disease.

This past Sunday, under a deep blue, cloudless sky, Rockawayites joined thousands of Queens residents in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as they took part in the American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Once again this year, Borough President Helen Marshall opened the grounds of Borough Hall on Queens Boulevard to the cause.

"Since 1993, nationwide, more than 3 million walkers have raised over $230 million," said Marshall, as she welcomed everyone to the event.

The Wave's contributing editor, Miriam Rosenberg -  a 12-year survivor -  gets a hug from a care bear after taking part in last weekend's walk on Queens Boulevard. The Wave's contributing editor, Miriam Rosenberg - a 12-year survivor - gets a hug from a care bear after taking part in last weekend's walk on Queens Boulevard. This year, more than 6,500 participants took part in the 5-mile walk, which began and ended at Borough Hall. By the end of the day, $706,000 had been raised for the cause at that one location.

Fourteen walks took place in the New York metro area - including Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. In the five boroughs alone, $5,356,000 was raised.

Collectively, all the events drew 168,500 participants and raised $13,248,000.

In addition to taking part in the Strides walk at Jones Beach, where 50,000 walkers helped raise a total of $2.7 million, St. John's Episcopal Hospital set up a display in the lobby of the facility that spotlighted "education about prevention," Penny Chin of SJEH's said. "The staff of St. John's Episcopal Hospital enthusiastically participated in the October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk," said Chin. "The team raised more than $11,000 to benefit breast cancer research through raffles, the walk and other activities."

St. John's Episcopal Hospital Making Strides participants pose for a team photo at the Jones Beach walk last Sunday. The St. John's team included more than 70 survivors, friends and family members. St. John's Episcopal Hospital Making Strides participants pose for a team photo at the Jones Beach walk last Sunday. The St. John's team included more than 70 survivors, friends and family members. Earlier this month, a team from Peninsula Hospital Center took part in the Fifth Annual Avon Walk For Breast Cancer New York, where a total of $10.2 million was raised to advance access to care and find a cure for breast cancer.

Walkers in the Avon event had the choice of doing either 26 or 39 miles over the two days, which began and ended at Hudson River Park's Pier 84.

Helen Lee, center, a recent cancer survivor, participated as a member of Peninsula Hospital's team at the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer New York. Helen Lee, center, a recent cancer survivor, participated as a member of Peninsula Hospital's team at the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer New York.

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