BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
More than 12,000 people are expected to participate in the American Cancer Society’s 19th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday.
The walk is aimed at recognizing those who are currently battling the disease as well as survivors and persons who have lost their battles against breast cancer.
“Our mission is simple —helping everyone to live in a world without breast cancer,” said Nicole Zhou, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS). According to the ACS’ cancer figures for 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,610 will die from the disease this year. Additionally, 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed and 460 are expected to die from the disease. For this reason, Making Strides of Queens Community Development Manager Robert Fox said that it is important that the community come out for the walk to show support.
Not only can participants partake of the three-mile walk around the park, but there will be other festivities, including food vendors, information tables on breast cancer and an entertainment stage on which Queens-based Diva Nation will perform. DJ Gozzi’s “Say It Loud,” which was created for the Making Strides walk, will also be performed. The event will also feature cosmetology stations and sponsor tables. Breast-cancer survivors will receive free gifts from the ACS and its sister organizations.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk, which is free of charge, will start at 10 a.m. after 400 breast-cancer survivors cut the pink ribbon. Last year, ACS’ walk raised $645,670, which the organization used to invest in research, provide free information and support to those affected by breast cancer, and help reduce breast-cancer risk through early detection. This year, the organization hopes to raise at least $700,000. Those who choose to donate to the cause can make donations at makingstrideswalk.org/queens or at the check-in tent on the day of the event.
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