Local 338 members along with 10,000 participants walked along Queens Boulevard to fight cancer on Sunday October 18, 2009. Almost $1,000,000 was expected to be collected at this 16th annual Queens event. Similar walks were scheduled across the country. The Queens walk began at 11 a.m. in front of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens and participants walked along Queens Blvd. to Junction Blvd.
In 2008, nearly 600,000 walkers across the country joined the American Cancer Society in a united fight against breast cancer raising over $60 million. That year in New York and New Jersey, walkers at 28 events raisedmore than $18 million.
Almost 1,400 women in Queens are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.And every year, more than 300 women in the borough lose their battle against the disease. Making Strides is a time to share in the goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people.