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— January 15, 2019

Breast Cancer Walk

  • Making Strides for Breast Cancer gives people a way to help fight this deadly disease.
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For all the progress made against breast cancer, this disease still has a higher death rate among US women than that of any other malignancy besides lung cancer. That’s why the American Cancer Society stages Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events across the country. Each 3- to 5-mile walk raises money to fund research, patient support, and efforts in risk reduction and early detection.

Lisa Kontonickas, who lost both grandmothers to breast cancer, joined the Making Strides event at Long Island’s Jones Beach in October. Coworker John Castillo did not have that personal connection, but said the walk was “eye-opening.”

Both were members of a walk team that NaturesPlus has assembled each year for over a decade. The team, 12 members in all, raised $3,432 from family and friends, including $1,000 from their employer.

“I enjoyed it,” said Kontonickas, a graphic artist, “even though the wind off the water was very cold. But the camaraderie was wonderful.” People wore t-shirts commemorating specific breast cancer survivors or memorials to those who are gone. Others dressed in a more light-hearted fashion, such as a man in a pink bunny costume.

Castillo, who works in quality assurance, arrived wearing shorts—a mistake in the cold weather—but found the experience “very positive.”

Since 1993, over 13 million Making Strides walkers across the US have raised more than $810 million. Unlike some fundraising events, Making Strides for Breast Cancer has no registration fees and does not require participants to solicit a minimum amount of funds.

The Jones Beach walk has a rolling start, from 7 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team, which might be comprised of friends, families, neighbors, classmates or coworkers. A special tent is set up to welcome survivors and their caretakers, with free t-shirts available.

Kontonickas and Castillo are both looking forward to the next walk— hopefully in warmer clothes.

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