February 20, 2024

NYSUT named top fundraising company nationwide for supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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Latham, NY – New York State United Teachers is being nationally recognized as the number one organization across the country for its contributions to the American Cancer Society’s 2023 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

The statewide union had 174 teams from every corner of New York participating in Making Strides events this past year. Together, they raised $612,787 to save lives and fund the future of cancer research, patient support and advocacy. Among the thousands of NYSUT members and staff who took part in the annual breast cancer movement, the top five local fundraising teams come from NYSUT’s Nassau regional staff office, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Buffalo and Westchester.

“We are thrilled to surpass our ambitious goal and we know every dollar raised helps defeat this deadly disease,” said J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary-treasurer, whose office coordinates the statewide union’s social justice initiatives and who lost one of his sisters to the disease. “Our members’ generosity and dedication to community service is part of the fabric of our union. NYSUT is proud to do our part in finding a cure for our educators, their students, families and communities who are impacted by breast cancer.”

NYSUT is a flagship sponsor of the annual Making Strides events and has raised over $17.5 million for the cause since 2002.

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with nearly 700,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.