2008-10-24 / Community

Rockaway Walks To Strike Out Breast Cancer

By Miriam Rosenberg

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Team SunBums (United for a Cure) raised most of their $17,043 at the hospital. More than 40 people represented St. John's at the walk. The SunBums came in third among the top fundraising teams for those who walked at Jones Beach State Park. Photo by Penny Chin/St. John's Episcopal Hospital St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Team SunBums (United for a Cure) raised most of their $17,043 at the hospital. More than 40 people represented St. John's at the walk. The SunBums came in third among the top fundraising teams for those who walked at Jones Beach State Park. Photo by Penny Chin/St. John's Episcopal Hospital It was cold, but hearts were warm as residents from Rockaway joined thousands of others throughout New York State to take part in the 15th Anniversary Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk last Sunday.

Far Rockaway was well represented as St. John's Episcopal Hospital's team was among the many who walked at Jones Beach State Park, while others from Rockaway fought the fight on Queens Boulevard near Borough Hall.

A final total of funds raised at all the walks is not yet available. However, as of Tuesday $650,000 was collected at the Queens walk and $3 million at the Long Island walk at Jones Beach was raised for research, advocacy and support programs.

If you would like to donate or get more information about the American Cancer Society, you can go to www.cancer. org.

Joe Conley, the president of the Queens division of the American Cancer Society, and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall join survivors in front of Queens Borough Hall to cut the ribbon, starting the walk. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Joe Conley, the president of the Queens division of the American Cancer Society, and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall join survivors in front of Queens Borough Hall to cut the ribbon, starting the walk. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The Wave's Miriam Rosenberg, right, joins fellow survivors as they await the beginning of the walk on Queens Boulevard. The Wave's Miriam Rosenberg, right, joins fellow survivors as they await the beginning of the walk on Queens Boulevard. Far Rockaway High School representatives stop near the midpoint of the walk on Queens Boulevard to pose for a photo. Far Rockaway High School representatives stop near the midpoint of the walk on Queens Boulevard to pose for a photo. Racquel Gongales, center, raised $500 for the cause. She is joined by fellow Far Rockaway residents -  left to right -  June Gongales, Carol Gretton, Marcus Gongales and Carmen Ellis. Racquel Gongales, center, raised $500 for the cause. She is joined by fellow Far Rockaway residents - left to right - June Gongales, Carol Gretton, Marcus Gongales and Carmen Ellis.

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