By DIANE S. WILLIAMS
Taking steps and making strides is a large contingent of DC 37 members in Locals 372, 420, and 924 who support the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk, a 3.5 mile trek through Manhattan’s Central Park on Oct. 14.
“We come together to make a difference and show our support for the women and men battling breast cancer,” said Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I (in photo at right, with Executive Vice President Donald Nesbit), who chairs the union’s Health and Disability Advisory Committee.
The union walked with tens of thousands of volunteers in New York City to raise awareness and donations for the American Cancer Society, to honor the memory of dead mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, coworkers and friends who succumbed to breast cancer, and to support women and men who are cancer survivors.
The pink-clad participants help proclaim October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They raise money for medical research and support services for women with breast cancer who need transportation, counseling, and more. For information, to make a donation or to find an event near you click here.
Next Sunday Oct. 21, Local 1549 and many union members living in the outer boroughs will join the Making Strides walks on Brooklyn’s Coney Island Boardwalk, at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens and at Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Midland Beach in Staten Island.
About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. ACS campaigns promote early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Medical experts recommend monthly self-examination and annual mammography along with maintaining a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise, which can make a difference in the effort to stay healthy.
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