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VIDEO: Strides Taken at Annual Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk

Thousands gathered Sunday in Wantagh to support the fight against breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society held its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach in Wantagh Sunday with thousands of participants raising nearly $3 million to fight the deadly disease.

The many participants in Sunday's five-mile walk along the Jones Beach Boardwalk included numerous breast cancer survivors as well as relatives and friends honoring the memory of women lost to the disease. The American Cancer Society has held a breast cancer walk at Jones Beach each October since 1995.

bass October 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Breast cancer is a major issue on Long Island but not the only cancer. How come Patch did NOT even list the pancreatic cancer research's LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION WALK at Jones Beach on October 9th in its events or do major coverage on it as they did with Breast Cancer? They donate 100% proceeds to research.
Andrew Coen October 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM
@Bass: If you send me some photos from the Lustgarten Foundation Walk at Jones Beach I would be glad to post something on it. My e-mail is andrewc@patch.com. Thank you for reading Patch!
Wild Bill October 18, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Thank you so much for the great coverage that Patch.com has been providing about Breast Cancer events here on Long Island !! The Jones Beach "Making Strides" is the SECOND biggest fund-raising event nationwide and the number of volunteers, walkers, and donors that supported this event was truly amazing. I personally would like to thank The American Cancer Society and all of it's representatives and sponsors that put this AWESOME event together, as it means so much to me and my family. Breast Cancer has affected my wife [a nine year survivor], far too many members of my family {including a sister-in-law currently fighting it in New Hyde Park}, many friends, many neighbors, and business associates for me to sit idly by anymore until a cure is found. A week before this event a very dear friend of ours, Maryann Ferchland Marra [a life-long resident of Long Island}, lost her valiant six-plus year battle with Breast Cancer, and in her memory, my moustaiche was dyed PINK all week long [as seen in the video posted here] in her memory to somehow help to raise awareness. Together, we can make a difference. I volunteered and was assigned the task of supervisor of the refreshment station, as I had also at the recent "Making Strides" held at Dowling College just a few weeks ago. My sincerest of thanks to all that worked at either of these events as volunteers My hopes and prayers are that someday soon a cure to this dreaded and sometimes fatal disease can be found. Bill H
Mickey October 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM
And Thank You to BIKERS FOR BOOBIES!!! These terrific motorcycle enthusiasts had 400 bikes participate in a Motorcycle Run and raised $6000 for the cause! Nice going guys!

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