About the Orchard Beach Breast Cancer Walk

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    The American Cancer Society sponsors the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event that takes place in Orchard Beach, New York. The walk is used to increase awareness around breast cancer and to raise money to help find a cure for the disease. Women and men alike are invited to participate in the walk. In 2007 the walk raised more than $50 million around the United States and had more than 500,000 participants. Local sponsors for the 2008 Breast Cancer Walk in Orchard Beach, New York include Pathmart, New York State United Teachers and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
    About the Orchard Beach Breast Cancer Walk
  • History

    The first Orchard Park "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk was held in 2003. Over the years medical organizations, schools, colleges and local businesses have participated in the wak and raised funds to help find a cure for breast cancer. In 2007 Iona College's softball team participated in the annual walk. SUNY Downstate Medical Center also participated in the 2007 walk and raised nearly $35,000. In 2006 more than 12,000 people participated in the breast cancer walk at Prospect Park and raised $750,000. Orchard Beach area secondary schools have also participated in the walk by raising donations for the event. Nationally the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk started in 1993. Since its inception the walk has raised more than $340 million dollars with the efforts of more than four million walkers. Around the United States the walk takes place in more than 100 cities.
  • Significance

    Throughout the Orchard Beach area and the rest of the United States breast cancer has impacted women, men and family, friends and loved ones regardless of economic or social status. New York State Department of Health's State Cancer Registry notes that in 2008 approximately 1,443 women around the Orchard Beach area would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Additionally, it was anticipated that the disease would be responsible for 369 deaths in the Orchard Beach area. Donations and funds raised during the annual walk helps the American Cancer Society to pay for groundbreaking breast cancer research, cancer prevention, mammogram and early detection information, follow-up care, and cost-free programs and services that helps to make better the quality of life for people meeting the challenges of breast cancer.

  • Registration and More Information

    Former participants can visit the American Cancer Society website and use their previous login and password to learn more about the walk and other services the American Cancer Society offers. New registrants can visit the American Cancer Society website and click "My Participant Center" in order to register to gain more information about breast cancer through the website. There is no fee or pre-registration required to participate in the actual walk. Participants can walk as individuals or as teams. Top teams in the 2008 walk include Team Camacho, Team Lolly, Friends of Helen and Kid's Team. Top individual fundraisers in the 2008 Orchard Beach walk include Linda Camacho, Helen Vaughan, Dolores Deponte and Armando Casabianca.
  • Time Frame

    The Orchard Beach, New York Breast Cancer Walk is held between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in mid-October. The actual walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants can register the morning of the walk starting at 8:00 a.m. The 2008 walk started at the Orchard Beach playground, went around the meadow, then down toward the Kazimiroff Nature Trail and the Orchard Beach Nature Center. So far more than $162,000 has been raised from donations for the 2009 walk. Special shuttle buses will run to and from Pelham Bay Station and Orchard Beach on the day of the walk.
  • Benefits

    Money raised from the walk helps to pay for services and works offered through the American Cancer Society such as research, 24-hour cancer hotline, radiation treatment, community programs and services, efforts for increased public policies that benefit people challenges with breast cancer and their families and loved ones. The American Cancer Society provides services to more than 3,400 communities around the United States.

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