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Ron LeeAug 15, 2018, 10:20 am

Breast cancer survivors, organizations to double efforts this October to find cure

More than 100 survivors gather in Woodbury for major announcement


WOODBURY — When it comes to raising awareness and money to help end breast cancer, Long Islanders have certainly shown their commitment to the cause through major fundraisers such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

"It's a group effort. It's a sisterhood. A brotherhood," says breast cancer survivor Angela Manzi of Plainview. For her, the announcement Wednesday that Long Island will host not one, but two walks this October to benefit Making Strides warmed her heart. "Seeing all the women, even men, come here every year just to celebrate life. We've been survivors, we fought very hard to help find that cure."

At the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, more than 100 breast cancer survivors from across Long Island were among those on hand as the American Cancer Society announced its commitment to hosting the Making Strides Walk on Long Island this year for the 25th year.

Leigh Lopes of Bay Shore says as a survivor herself, she is especially proud to work for a company that is a co-sponsor for this year's walks. And while she admits she was too weak from treatment to complete in previous walks after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, she's expecting a different result this year.

"Chemotherapy and radiation and treatment and surgeries take a lot of out of you in the journey, but I have purpose that this year at Jones Beach, I will be walking along not for myself but for the cause of hope," Lopes says.

The walk, which is designed to be noncompetitive and inspirational, is expected to be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Jones Beach with another walk set for Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College.

The American Cancer Society says in 2018, in the U.S. alone, it's estimated that more than 266,000 woman and more than 2,500 men are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

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