In October we refl ect on a breast cancer cure
Councilman Mark’s Gjonaj’s team at last year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk .File photo
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, O 12 CTOBER 11-17, 2019 BTR
This year’s annual Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer Walk will be held at Orchard
Beach on Sunday, October 20.
BY ALEX MITCHELL
The Bronx Times is pink this
week! All for a good cause. Breast
We all know someone that’s been
effected by breast cancer. Each year
more and more strides are made to
combat and raise awareness against
the cancer, especially in the Bronx.
Orchard Beach will be hosting its
annual Strides Against Breast Cancer
Walk on Sunday, October 20 and
it’s not too late to register for the
The walk takes place on a 3.2-mile
stretch of the Orchard Beach Promenade
and the adjacent and scenic
Hunter Island nature trail, with a
pleasant fall breeze coming off the
Long Island Sound for the walkers.
While there is no fee to register
and the whole community is welcome
to participate, the American Cancer
Society would love those who take
part to help with its needed fundraising.
The money raised at the Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
helps fund cancer research and programs,
and helps people in the borough
with cancer diagnosis, such as
those who have lost their hair during
treatment and need wigs that are provided
at the organization’s local headquarters
at 2426 Eastchester Road.
The raising of money is especially
poignant in the borough where this
fundraising takes on the form of a
grassroots movement, rather than individuals
In past years, schools like P.S.
153 in Co-op City has raised between
$10,000 to $12,000 and holds an hour
and a half dance to raise the funds towards
combatting the disease.
Another one of the biggest supporters
of the Making Strides walk
is NYPD Bronx Goes Pink, with borough
police precincts signing up
teams and holding a competition to
see which precincts can raise the
As a matter of fact, historically,
borough cops raise between $15,000
and $20,000 each year.
This year the event has a raised a
third of its $600,000 goal so far, you
can join the cause at www.makingstrideswalk.
org/Bronx. Your donation
could go to saving life, perhaps
even yours or a loved one’s someday.