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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The power of sneakers will prevail again this year as NYSUT members venture out to take part in novel fundraising events for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. ACS staff and communities are exploring everything from road rallies to scavenger hunts, from tribute gardens to socially distant walks, reported Amy Delia, director of marketing for the Northeast region.

“Being mindful of the health and well-being of all, Making Strides will look different in each market, but what will remain the same is our shared passion for ending this disease,” she said.

The key to keeping the pinkpowered program thriving is to check the NYSUT teams page on the ACS site to stay informed about what is being planned in each region.

“Although COVID-19 prevents us from walking in solidarity with cancer survivors, supporters and family members this year, NYSUT remains vigilant in our efforts to raise monies and awareness to find a cure for cancer,” said Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary-treasurer.

NYSUT members have raised more than $15 million since NYSUT became a flagship sponsor of the statewide event.

“Every family, my own included, has been impacted by cancer.

How to Join a NYSUT Team

  1. Go to the NYSUT Making Strides page at the ACS site.
  2. Click "Join Us".
  3. Enter your zip code.
  4. Sign up for a NYSUT team at a Making Strides walk near you.

Are you starting a NYSUT team?

If you choose to "Start a team" as a Team Captain, be sure to select NYSUT - New York State United Teachers from the drop-down of National Team corporations, and incorporate "NYSUT - New York State United Teachers" into your team name.

Or, just search for any existing NYSUT team to become a team member!

In memory of Sheila Goldberg

During the past year, the passing of Sheila Goldberg, a social justice warrior, NYSUT retiree and activist, has affected our own NYSUT family,” Abraham said.

“For decades, Sheila led the fight on Long Island and across the state to urge NYSUT members and labor to organize in the fight against cancer.

So, this year we dedicate our NYSUT efforts in Sheila’s memory, and to not forget those other heroes we have lost to cancer, including Sandy Feldman, former United Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers president, and Sonia Basko, a former teacher and NYSUT staff member.”

Last year, 282,690 NYSUT members raised $728,000 in 19 different walks all over the state.

Money raised is spent on research, including grants to SUNY and CUNY faculty; lodging for patients and family; rides to treatment; and education.


The American Cancer Society offers several ideas for supporting cancer research — and raising much-needed funds — in safe and fun ways.

For more ideas to host a virtual Making Strides fundraiser, visit

  • Nominate a candidate for Real Men Wear Pink or ResearcHERS
  • Add a donate sticker to your Instagram stories
  • Run a mile for each online donation you receive
  • Host an outdoor or virtual yoga class in exchange for donations
  • Offer to mow lawns in exchange for a donation
  • Collect jewelry your friends/family don’t wear anymore and host an online sale
  • Support NYSUT’s T-shirt fundraiser at

Real Men Wear Pink

Several years ago, the American Cancer Society included a Real Men Wear Pink campaign to help give men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer, which affects men as well.

NYSUT’s 2020 ambassador for the campaign is Greece Teachers Association President Brian Ebertz.

He earned the title of #1 NYSUT Real Man for his 2019 fundraising efforts.

Men participating in the campaign pledge to wear pink throughout the month of October, use social media to raise awareness of the cause and raise at least $2,500 to help ACS fight breast cancer.

Visit to support Ebertz’s efforts.

“With all the changes our communities have faced during this pandemic, the impact on our educational system has been one of the greatest.

We thank NYSUT members for all their efforts,”said Jeff Winters, ACS director of community development.

Get Your NYSUT Strides Gear

Order a union-made, American-made T-shirt, check out NYSUT’s online store at All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

And be sure to check back here at for updates this fall.


Why We are Making Strides

Our teams participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events across the country and we've taken our leadership in the fight against breast cancer to the next level by joining the Making Strides National Partners Program. We are thrilled about the difference that our members and their families are making to help eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. NYSUT has been a flagship sponsor of the American Cancer Society event since 2002, and the efforts of the union and its members have generated support, energy, awareness, volunteers and more than $15 million during that time to fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

  • Join Team NYSUT!

    Local teams can register online at the American Cancer Society website. Remember to designate NYSUT as your corporate affiliate!

  • Clouds of pink in the forecast for October

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

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