Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
On Sunday, Oct. 23 the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition is having their first Walk to Make a Difference. The event is being organized by John Ryan and Courtney Swartz to benefit the coalition. When asked why she had gotten involved with the walk, Courtney Swartz, a junior at Queens College said: “As a young woman I am aware of the issues facing women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and the need to have a place to go for education and support. I know that I have a wonderful support group of family and friends but not everyone is that lucky and no one should feel alone.”
The event will start out at 10 a.m. from the Great Neck Senior Center and is a walking tour of Kensington guided by the Great Neck Historical Society. Houses of historical significance will be highlighted for the walker’s enjoyment. Every walker will receive a T-shirt, eco friendly tote, and refreshments. Dr. Pam Levy, vocal director at Great Neck South High School, has organized a group of the school’s most talented musicians to entertain those people who want to participate without walking.
The Great Neck Breast Cancer Coaltion was founded in 1992 by Laura Weinberg and a group of concerned and dedicated women, all of whom work for the Coalition without compensation. This is truly a board whose goals are education, advocacy, prevention research and outreach.
The walk was suggested by John Ryan, whose wife Stephanie survived a double mastectomy and had a network of family and friends from Great Neck who helped make a terrible situation bearable. John said: “Everyone has been touched by breast cancer but I think people in loving, nurturing and supportive environments heal better. In my opinion the true definition of humanity is the unconditional offer of a hand to hold or a shoulder to cry on; that is exactly what the coalition offers at a time of need. Once I received approval from Laura and the board to move forward with the walk, I reached out to Karen and Don Ashkenase (Karen is also a breast cancer survivor) with the idea and they spearheaded the event with a very substantial donation. Their generosity gave me hope that there are so many more people in Great Neck with compassion and concern that this walk would be a huge success.”
The “Walk to Make a Difference” needs your support. For more information about sponsorships, walking or volunteering contact Courtney Swartz at 510-3869 or John Ryan at 728-0717.