September/October 2019 Issue
August 25, 2019

MAKING STRIDES: Clouds of pink in the forecast for October

Author: Liza Frenette
Source: NYSUT United
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Caption: FILE PHOTO: NYSUT Rochester-area members come out to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The pink storm is upon us.

You’ve seen them. Walkers wearing headbands, leis, sneakers, shirts, wands, wings — you name it — all in the color pink and in the name of taking on breast cancer.

Educators will be stepping out again this fall for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, with NYSUT continuing its pivotal role as a flagship sponsor.

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, it is estimated that 41,260 women and 500 men will die from breast cancer this year.

Walkers are fighting against those daunting statistics and have their own strong numbers.

Last year, NYSUT members generated more than $722,270 in donations for ACS.

For information on specific walks and to learn how to start or join a NYSUT team, go to

Money raised via the Making Strides walks is earmarked for research, education and support services.

“Every year, thousands of NYSUT members come together at annual Making Strides walks to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the American Cancer Society,” said Katie Goepfrich, community development, ACS.

“NYSUT continues to be a proud partner with the ACS,” said NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham.


  • Oct. 12: Buffalo
  • Oct. 13: Syracuse, Jamestown
  • Oct. 20: Albany, Bronx, Plattsburgh, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn, Jones Beach, Central Park, Utica, Queens, Staten Island, Rochester, Westchester
  • Oct. 27: Riverhead, Glens Falls

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is:

  • the most common cancer in women, no matter race or ethnicity;
  • the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women;
  • the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native women.