20th Anniversary 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is holding the 20th Anniversary “5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness” on Sunday, September 23. The fundraiser takes place at the Riverhead location of Tanger Outlet Center, which sponsors the event. Participants can pre-register or register from 7:30-8:45 a.m. that morning. The walk begins at 9 a.m.
The registration fee to participate in the 5K Walk is $25 if paid by September 15 and $30 if paid after that date or on the day of the event. The first 300 entrants will receive an official walk gift bag.
Walkers are encouraged to gather pledges of support from friends, family and colleagues. Top fundraising awards will be given in the following categories: Young Adult (ages 13-19 years old), Adult, Business/Team and Breast Cancer Survivor.
Before the opening ceremony starts at 8:45 a.m., registrants can prepare themselves by enjoying a continental breakfast that includes bagels, muffins and fruit. There will also be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for dozens of beautiful prizes donated by Tanger Outlet stores and other local businesses.
Although it is possible to sign up that day, registration in advance is recommended. To register or obtain more information, call 631-208-8889, e-mail [email protected] or visit nycharities.org, where you can register online. Opportunities to participate as a sponsor of the event are still available and range from $150–$1,000.
Currently led by Susan Ruffini, the all-volunteer, non-profit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as the Helping Hand grants. Funds raised by the event will also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as gentle yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and guided mediation to breast-cancer patients and survivors.
For more information about the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the services that the organization provides to breast-cancer patients and survivors who reside in the North Fork area, visit northforkbreasthealth.org. Ann Cotton-DeGrasse and the late Antonio DeGrasse founded the North Fork Breast Health Coalition in 1998.