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Taking Strides To Beat Breast and Prostate Cancer “Walk For Beauty” Supports SBUMC Research

Taking Strides To Beat Breast and Prostate Cancer “Walk For Beauty” Supports SBUMC Research

16th Annual Event Co-Sponsored by Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Cancer survivors and other supporters trek through 
Stony Brook at the 2008 Walk for Beauty, Walk for Life.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., September 15, 2009 – Hundreds of breast and prostate cancer survivors, many clad in pink shirts, bandanas, or hats, along with the physicians andstaff of Stony Brook University Medical Center, will participate in the “Walk for Beauty, Walk for Life.” Co-sponsored by SBUMC and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the Walk raises funds for breast and prostate cancer research. The event has raised approximately $1 million since its inception in 1994. The 2009 Walk for Beauty takes place in Stony Brook Village on October 4.

The history of the Walk has evolved over the years. It began in 1994 as a community effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and establish a boutique for people with cancer. The Unique Boutique, a collection of shopkeepers who provide products and services for patients with cancer, and The Walk for Beauty Fund, has enabled patients with cancer to purchase wigs, prosthetics, and other special products. Since 1996, the Walk has helped support cancer research at SBUMC. In 2002, the Walk broadened its scope to include prostate cancer research. All of the funds from the 2009 Walk will support breast and prostate cancer research carried out by SBUMC researchers seeking ways to diagnose disease earlier and discover more effective and targeted therapies.

“The Walk for Beauty seems to get better each year, as all involved are moved by the many walkers and cancer survivors who participate,” says Yvonne Spreckels, Director, Community Relations at SBUMC. “We are happy to once again partner with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and to help raise much needed funds for research.” 

To help raise funds for the Walk this year, Girl Scout troops from towns throughout Suffolk County held a “Pink Lemonade for a Cure” Campaign. This past summer they set up about 20 stands and sold lemonade in honor of cancer survivors and to support the Walk.

Once again, the Walk covers two routes – a 4 kilometer and a 6 kilometer – that bring walkers through historic and picturesque Stony Brook Village and surrounding neighborhoods. Both routes run through Avalon Park and Preserve and areas near the Long Island Sound, passing landmarks such as the Stony Brook Grist Mill and the Three Village Inn.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Shuttle buses run continuously from the South P-Lot on the Stony Brook University Campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. for walkers who want to avoid village traffic. The registration fee per walker is $15 up to September 19, $20 after that date.

Individual and team registration is available. Special fundraising challenges include incentives and raffle prizes for individuals and teams. For more information and to register, call Stony Brook University HealthConnect® at (631) 444-4000.

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