September 23, 2014

NYSUT members still 'making strides' for breast cancer awareness

Author: John Strachan
Source: NYSUT Communications
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Caption: FILE PHOTO: Teachers from the City of Tonawanda schools wave as they start the 2013 Buffalo Strides Cancer Walk. Photo by Dennis Stierer.

Join NYSUT members turning awareness into action this fall by taking part in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks throughout the state.

This year the non-competitive Strides walks will be held in October in 20 locations across the state. Funds raised help support breast cancer research, free information and services to those fighting the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Last year, more than 10,000 NYSUT members across New York took part in the annual fund-raising events, collecting more than $1.2 million to help wipe out breast cancer, which strikes more than 14,000 New Yorkers – most of them women – every year.

Since partnering with the American Cancer Society in 2002, NYSUT and its members have raised nearly $11 million for Making Strides, topping the million-dollar mark last year for the seventh consecutive year.

“NYSUT members are working harder than ever to help raise money to fund research into eradicating cancer as well as developing better treatment for those who are fighting the disease," said NYSUT Vice President Catalina R. Fortino.

You can learn more about NYSUT’s Making Strides campaign, register as a walker and raise money online by logging on to www.nysut.org/makingstrides.

Here are this year's walks:

Oct. 5

  • Salem School, Washington County
  • Dowling College, Brookhaven Campus

Oct. 18

  • Niagara Square, Buffalo
  • Recreation Park, Binghamton

Oct. 19

  • 72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park, Manhattan
  • Prospect Park, Brooklyn
  • Clinton Square, Syracuse
  • Washington Park Parade Grounds, Albany
  • Orchard Beach, Bronx
  • Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
  • Corona Park, Flushing Meadows, Queens
  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Central Valley
  • Masonic Campus, Utica
  • Frontier Field, Rochester
  • Manhattanville College, Westchester County
  • Jones Beach State Park, Long Island

Oct. 25

  • Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, Watertown

Oct. 26

  • Watt Farms, Albion
  • Jamestown Community College, Jamestown
  • Queensbury High School, Warren County