Stephanie GiangAug 2, 2018, 12:47 pmAug 2, 2018, 12:49 pm

Tarrytown holds annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer breakfast

Event encourages residents in Westchester County to take first steps to battle disease

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TARRYTOWN — Over 400 local breast cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers came together at the Westchester Marriot Hotel Thursday morning to launch American Cancer Society's 25th year of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event provides community members opportunity to learn how to get involved in the Westchester Walk scheduled for Sunday Oct. 21 at Manhattanville College in Purchase.

"Our goal is always to reach the most people possible, and to raise the most money to the make the biggest impact in the fight against cancer," said director of community development Megan McGrady. "It's an incredible thing to see that many people, a sea of pink, all there for a good cause to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and to support their fellow family members, friends and neighbors in the fight against breast cancer," McGrady added.

McCray said more than 21,000 walkers are expected to raise more than $1 million to battle against breast cancer in Westchester County.

Carol Schwartz, a 14-year survivor from Purchase has made it her mission to give back. She volunteers at the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigation program to help newly-diagnosed patients with limited access to resources.

"I'm not a doctor, I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m not a social worker, but being a survivor is an amazing component to be able to talk to somebody who’s now so frightened going through it, and I represent hope that there's a chance you're going to come out the other side," Schwartz said.

Money raised helps the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research and provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk.

"It's amazing to see the support in the women and to hear their stories and their journey. It gives me, you know, the five years as a survivor, the strength to keep going on," Clara Pabellon-Colon of Somers.

For more information on how to get involved people can go to the website at www.makingstrideswalk.org/westchester.

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