Thousands ‘make strides' against breast cancer

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:59

Monroe —More than 10,500 people from across the region rallied on Saturday to raise $815,000 for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer. It was the 10th annual “Making Strides” walk held at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. In the Hudson Valley, about 912 women will learn they have breast cancer each year. About 196 local women per year die from the disease. Sade Baderwinwa of ABC Channel 7 News, one of the walk’s media sponsors, told the crowd that 38 Nobel Prize winners began their research careers funded by the American Cancer Society, which will use the proceeds from Saturday’s walk to expand programs in research, education, and early detection. Other media sponsors included WHUD Radio 100.7 FM and The Journal News. The walk’s flagship sponsors were Barr Pharmeceuticals, SBLI-USA, ShopRite Supermarkets, Sony Electronics, and, new this year, GHI (Group Health Incorporated) a not-for-profit health insurance corporation. ShopRite raised over $25,000 for the cause and donated refreshments at Saturday’s walk. The in-kind sponsors included Adirondack Beverage, Panera Bread, Franz Hallmark, Arrow Bus Company, North Jersey Bobcats, Orange County Party Rental, Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet in Chester, Centurian Security, Rockland Bakery, the Woodbury Ambulance Corp, the Woodbury Police Department, the Woodbury Fire Department, Certified Marine Services, Provident Bank, Starbuck’s Coffee and Applebee’s at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, and the security, customer service, maintenance, and custodial staff at Woodbury Common. Other sponsors included: Curves volunteers, the Monroe-Woodbury High School Interact Club, Monroe-Woodbury Teen Outreach, Monroe-Woodbury Youth Against Cancer, Monroe-Woodbury High School Cheerleaders, Nyack High School Youths Against Cancer, WFNP 88.7 FM (“The Edge”) campus radio at the State University of New York at New Paltz, St. Paul’s Lutheran Confirmation Group, Miss Murray’s Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, All-Star Cheer Connection, Junior Girl Scout Troop 433, Junior League of Orange County, Junior League of Ulster County, the State University of New York at New Paltz Capa Sigma, and the New York State Troopers’ Troop F Color Guard. The giving does not have to stop with the walk. To contribute to the cause log on to To become an advocate, log on to to send a message to congressional leaders. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit