Second Annual “Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer” Scheduled for June 4-5

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35-Mile Walk Benefits Organizations Providing Direct Services to Nassau-Suffolk Cancer Survivors, Patients, and Families

The second annual Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer – which raises awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer on Long Island – is scheduled to take place in Suffolk County on June 4 –5, 2005.

The journey through picturesque Suffolk County challenges walkers’ physical endurance as well as their emotional stamina and resolve. The charitable event, which raised $306,000 last year, benefits numerous community-based, grassroots organizations that deliver direct services to Long Island breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Each walker is asked to set a personal fundraising goal of $1,000, 100% of which is given to the beneficiary organizations to distribute into the community.

The groups that will benefit from the walk in 2005 are: Adelphi New York Statewide Hotline and Support Program; Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition; Brentwood Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition; Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Casting for Recovery; Cure Mommy's Breast Cancer; Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition; The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education; North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer Coalition; Sister's Network Suffolk County; Town of Islip Breast Cancer Coalition; WALK for Women Breast Cancer Fund; West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition; and Women's Health Partnership, Nassau County.

The two-day, 35-mile walk begins Saturday morning at Smith Point County Park at the Fire Island barrier beach in Shirley and continues along safe and scenic Suffolk County roads with continuous support from the Suffolk County Police Department, a qualified medical team, and local ambulance personnel. After 20 miles, participants camp overnight at Cathedral Pines County Park in Middle Island. “Victory Village” – will offer first aid, hot dinner sponsored and catered by Carrabba’s of Smithtown, hot showers, a camp site with new, pitched tents, walkers’ gear, and entertainment. Walkers complete a 15-mile route back to Smith Point County Park the following day. Just before closing ceremonies take place at 2:00 pm Sunday at Smith Point County Park breast cancer survivors, family, and friends will join walkers to cross the bridge leading to the park.

To build participation, event organizers are conducting a series of orientation meetings:

Tuesday. February 1 at 7pm: Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition hosts at Babylon Village Hall, Main Street, Babylon Village. Call 631-893-4110.
Monday, February 7 at 7pm: Cure Mommy's Breast Cancer hosts at 3069 Judith Dr., Bellmore. Call 516-967-1148.
Wednesday, February 16 at 11:30am: The Women's Health Partnership, Nassau County hosts at Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Call 631-863-2329.
Thursday, February 17 at 7pm: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition host at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor. Call 516-367-8489.
Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30pm: Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program & The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education hosts at Adelphi University School of Social Work Room 302, 1 South Avenue, Garden City. Call 516-877-4335.
Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm: West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition & the Town of Islip Breast Cancer Coalition hosts at the West Islip Public Library, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip. Call 631-666-2026.
Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30pm: Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program & The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education hosts at Adelphi University School of Social Work Room 302, 1 South Avenue, Garden City. Call 516-877-4335.

The Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Inc. is a New York State-registered, not-for-profit corporation. For further information, the Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer can be contacted at 631-863-2DAY(2329) or go to www.libreastcancerwalk.org.