WASHINGTON, D.C. April 11, 2013 - New York State United Teachers members were hailed for their generosity and commitment to battling breast cancer during the union's 41st Representative Assembly in Washington D.C., as 2012 marked the sixth consecutive year that NYSUT raised more than $1 million for cancer research through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
"NYSUT is proud to do its part in the fight against breast cancer, and we are honored to support those who have courageously confronted this terrible disease," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "The unfortunate reality today is that breast cancer has touched nearly every single one of us in some way, including many of the students and families we serve. NYSUT will remain committed in its efforts to finally find a cure."
NYSUT members and their families raised a total of $1,026,937 during the 2012 Making Strides campaign, which supports investment in breast cancer research and programs. Some 10,000 NYSUT members mobilized for Strides activities during September and October last year at sites around New York.
Over the last 11 years, NYSUT has raised almost $10 million for Strides - more than any corporate sponsor in the country.
"The dedication of our members to raising money for the American Cancer Society in their pursuit to find a cure for breast cancer is truly amazing," said NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira. "Just as important is their commitment to the educational mission of the ACS. NYSUT members know that education and prevention are linked."
Making Strides reports that one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer now turns to Making Strides for support. An integral part of the Strides mission is to provide access to mammograms for women who need them, so that more lives are saved.
NYSUT's Representative Assembly - the union's annual policy-making convention - begins today and runs through Saturday at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. More than 2,000 delegates, guest and staff are expected to attend.