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“If people in the entertainment industry find out that you have cancer or are ill, this can jeopardize prospective job assignments,� said one actor, as he recalled a possible reason why the late tap master and actor Gregory Hines remained closed-lip about his terminal illness.

(Walkers at last year's event).

A famous actress – who will remain anonymous – discovered a lump in one of her breasts. 

What she detected was breast cancer.  Fortunately for this legend, the lump was removed. She survived.
Another multitalented actress – whose identity will remain anonymous – not only has swept audiences off their feet with her unbeatable showmanship as an actress but also as a producer. With her demanding workload the public would not surmise that this young vivacious and competitive artist was undergoing treatment for cancer.
 
Her battle with breast cancer was a secret until she agreed to a telephone interview, as she waited at a hospital to consult with a physician about her condition. “If people in the entertainment industry find out that you have cancer or are ill, this can jeopardize prospective job assignments,” said one actor, as he recalled a possible reason why the late tap master and actor Gregory Hines remained closed-lip about his terminal illness.

This year, in the United States, if the 212,920 women (in New York 14,400), who will be diagnosed with breast cancer were not shy, embarrassed about their cancer-related illness or had access to an affordable health insurance plan or detected early signs of breast cancer, may be 41,430 (in New York 2,770) of these lives could be saved.

Now, everybody can support the battle to treat and end breast cancer by joining the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer The Walk on Sunday, October 15 in Queens Borough Hall at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens. According to ACS, “It’s about survival.  It’s about protecting those we love.  And it’s about remembering those for whom the answers did not come soon enough.”
The five-mile walk begins at Queens Borough Hall at 11:00 a.m.  Registration is on the same day from 9:15 a.m. until the walk kicks off at 11:00 a.m.
 
“Since 1993, Making Strides has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer.  In that time, three million walkers across the country have collected more than $120 million,” ACS stated.  “When you raise Making Strides contributions, you support the American Cancer Society’s programs that fight breast cancer on all four fronts:  research, education, advocacy and patient services.”

Keith Hudson noted that, “The success of the event has enabled the American Cancer Society to fund more than $295 million (as of January 1, 2006) for breast cancer research projects since 1972.  Dollars raised at Making Strides also help spread lifesaving breast cancer awareness messages; fund advocacy efforts for screening opportunities for all people; and help to ease the cancer burden for people facing the disease.”
 
Hudson, a media consultant added “The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a rallying cry for awareness, the venue to remember those who fought and continue to fight breast cancer, and an opportunity for us all to make a difference in the lives of people with breast cancer.  It is also a chance to educate women about the  importance of early detection and help change the alarming decline in the number of women going for their potentially lifesaving annual mammogram.”

In 2005, 97,000 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walkers throughout New York’s metropolitan area generated $7.3 million “for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and services for patients and their families.” On October 15, 110 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will occur.  An anticipated $34 million for breast cancer related services are expected to be raised.

The 2006 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, “The Walk” is sponsored by: HHC, UFT, Pathmark, Local 338, JetBlue Airways, United States Postal Service, Queens County Saving Bank, St. John’s University, ABC 7, 98.7 Kiss and CD 101.9.

For additional information on The Walk, how to become an ACS Pacesetter (and be eligible to win two round-trip tickets from JetBlue) or to obtain information on ACS’ programs, call: 1-800-ACS-2345.

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