On Wednesday-9-August the American Cancer Society held its Kick-off breakfast for the Making Strides walk Against Breast Cancer walk walk in Overpeck Park which will occur on Sunday-29-October. Angela Cimilluca of the American Cancer Society greeted the attendees and talked about the the progress the ACS has helped make in the 100 years that it has been in existence. She said much of the progress in the finding a cure for cancer has come with the help of events like these in which families, friends, and survivors themselves have gotten together and formed teams of individuals to raise money as pledges for the walkers in events like Making Strides. Ms Cimilluca said that one person getting a few friends, and co-workers together to have a bake sale could then move others to do the same, and pool their money for a bigger donation. Another was a Parent talking to her daughter about what she could do at school with her friend by forming a team to walk then having a car-wash that raises money for that team to use as pledges in their walk.
Ms Cimilluca also mention that some of the money raised go for thing other then just research. The ACS helps with some day to day efforts a patient may need. Transportation to, and from medical appointments when needed. Another program offered to have a guide for patients to help deal with the experience of the Medical System. This is someone who will help the patient on what is available to them, what can be expected during their treatment. The ACS also has a number of lodgings that are free to patients , and their caregiver if the Medical Facilities are too far from the patient's home. And even providing wigs and other beauty products for those suffering for the effects of chemotherapy.
Ms Cimilluca then introduced Gabrielle Calderio who is the team Captain of "Moms Motivators" She started her team in order to aid her Mother who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, then later with stage four breast cancer. Ms. Calderio is in her seventh year of raising money for cancer research. She told of how her fundraising efforts started small with simple selling items from pink colour chocolates and t-shirts. Over time her fundraisers such as Zumba, & Yoga classes and an annual event at Bergen County Harley Davidson shops
The next speaker was Roslyn Kawer who was a caregiver for her sister Meredith. Ms Kawer along with their mother aided Meredith through the four year of being diagnosed, was cancer free for a year then had a recurrence which would eventually overtake her. The two sisters would walk together for a number of years and now Roslyn would continue the tradition in raising funds and awareness, along walking in memory of her sister.
There is still the opportunity to form and register a team to participate in this year Making Strides walk. Along with any individual that wishes to attend may sign up to be apart of the Making Strides Walk for Ridgefield Park by going to their web site at: makingstrideswalk.org/ridgefieldpark
This event will be a 5K walk in the Ridgefield Park area of Overpeck Park, located at 199 Challenger Rd. Ridgefield Park , NJ . It will be on Sunday 29 -October 2017 registration will open at 8:30a with the walk starting at 10:00a Music, and other entertainment will take place at the Bandshell which will to the starting line for the walk. Tents will have information about products , and services to help patients going through treatment. There will also rest area for walkers, along with massage area to help before, and after the walk. The Overpeck Marriott will allow parking at their location and provide shuttle service to the start area.
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