Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley joined her “Sole Sisters” of Community Board 5 and hundreds of New Yorkers this Sunday to raise awareness and support for The American Cancer Society as a participant in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k.
The walk, which kicked off from the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Park, encompassed just over three miles throughout Corona, Queens. Survivors and their loved ones celebrated the progress that has been made and paid tribute to the many women who are battling and who have died from breast cancer.
Since 1993, Making Strides events have helped raise more than $400 million to help fight breast cancer. Numerous programs which aim to encourage early detection and prevention as well as to assist women who are currently struggling with breast cancer are funded by money raised at the event. The American Cancer Society also uses the donations from these events to increase access to screening, physician education and to fund groundbreaking clinical research.
Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley said, “Recent estimates by The American Cancer Society show that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. Thousands gathered to remember those lost to the disease, those who are survivors and those who are currently battling the disease.”