More than 60,000 cancer survivors and supporters gathered together this past Sunday for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.
Both my daughters have friends who are breast cancer survivors. Every year at this time they do this 5 mile walk at Jones Beach to acknowledge breast cancer and hopefully through donations, help raise money for research.
On this beautiful fall day, both my daughters along with 2 of my dear grandchildren walked the walk for this most worthwhile cause. Miles (on the left) made bracelets of pink and white and gave them away along with the tee shirts, like the ones they are wearing.
This year the Jones Beach walk raised an amazing $3.15 million in donations for the American Cancer Society. Aside from research and awareness, these funds will go to provide free resources and support to newly diagnosed women and ensure access to mammograms.
More than 2,475 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer here on Long Island this year and nearly 417 will result in death, according to the cancer society. This explains why everywhere I turn, my heart is warmed by people are doing their part for the cause.
I was in the beauty parlor and there was a young woman who was cutting her hair (she had very beautiful long locks) and donating it.
Another friend was collecting scarfs to donate as cover up head pieces.
Racine’s, a beauty salon, in my daughters town of Islip, donates their expertise and time one Monday each month to help make women feel better by doing their make up or fixing their hair or wigs.
People make the difference. Awareness makes the difference. It is so inspiring.
Grohen Technologies and Inner Intimates congratulate all these wonderful people who care and help in raising awareness across the country and has also made our donation to cause.
When I was a child the word breast cancer meant a death sentence; no more. While cancer hasn’t changed, the way doctors and survivors deal with it has. Through research there is hope, all these remarkable survivors are living proof.
We are not only WOMEN HELPING WOMEN, but PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE, in their own way to help with a cure for breast cancer.
Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about events and volunteer opportunities in your area.