Early that morning a sea of pink gathered at the park in anticipation of a day that all would remember. It was full of dedicated individuals who committed themselves to walk after all the hard work in preparing and fundraising since May. There were people of all ages gathered for the three mile walk in support or honor of a loved one.
There were several tents filled with passionate volunteers providing information for participants. Local cheer teams and dance schools also performed to get the crows pumped up for the walk ahead of them. The most moving part of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer was seeing all the survivors gathered together. They had the opportunity to join other survivors for a Survivor Photo. It was amazing to see all these strong and brave individuals gathered together for this cause. They are a reminder of what the funds raised by individuals passionate about the American Cancer Society does; to continue to support programs that help survivors stay strong through one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, points in their lives.
It was also great to see students involved volunteering at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer because this is something that they will be able to carry with them. They have the opportunity to see what amazing work is possible that can inspire them to be that person who dedicates their life to a cause that changes people’s lives forever.
Seeing the Staten Island community involved is extremely motivating to continue to fight and raise funds so that one day we can live in a world without cancer. Sharing laughs, memories and some tears among new and experienced walkers, it’s events like these that bring everyone who has been affected by cancer, to come together and spend time making a difference.