October 17, 2010

MAKING STRIDES: Walking the walk to fight breast cancer

Source:  NYSUT Communications
Caption: The sun shone on the thousands of Central New Yorkers making strides through the historic Armory district of Syracuse in early October. Photos by Betsy Sandberg.

UPDATE: NYSUT members made strides across the state this weekend. Photos are already in from the Utica event. More to come! Keep it pointed to NYSUT's Flickr page for updates.

Pink will be joining the colors of fall as thousands of NYSUT members make strides against breast cancer in fundraisers across the state this weekend.

From Jamestown Community College in western New York and across the state to Long Beach on Long Island, unionists will take steps, and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser.

NYSUT's Maria Neira will lead the NYSUT team at Washington Park in Albany. She noted that thousands have already been walking in Buffalo, Binghamton, Corning, Rochester, Syracuse, Washington County and in Waterloo.

"This event is an inspiration," Neira said. "It's a testament to solidarity when we all gather to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and - literally - to help save lives."

Three years ago NYSUT, a flagship sponsor, was the first organization to raise $1 million in a single year and is still the only team to top that milestone mark, according to the American Cancer Society.

In additon to sites already listed, walks this weekend are in Albion, Central Valley, Utica, Wappingers Falls and at Manhattanville College in Westchester. In New York City there are walks in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Central Park, Queens and Staten Island.

On Oct. 24, walkers in the North Country will be making strides at Queensbury High school and at the Thompson Park Pavilion in Watertown.

Register online

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

You may register online at: makingstrides.acsevents.org/nysut .

If you're starting a local team or signing up as an individual walker, be sure to select "NYSUT" as your company affiliation

Starting a local team?

If you're one of the many NYSUT affiliates starting a team of walkers, be sure to select "NYSUT" as your "Team Company" on the online registration form. This allows the American Cancer Society to track both your team's fundraising and NYSUT's statewide fundraising efforts .

making strides online registration

You may also select "NYSUT" as your company affiliation if you're registering as an individual walker.

Online registration is available at: makingstrides.acsevents.org/nysut .