Making Strides of Central Park: Celebrating 30 Years of Courage
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In a resplendent display of unity, resilience, and hope, the Making Strides of Central Park Launch Party took place on August 8th, 2023, marking the 30th anniversary of this remarkable event.
Hosted at the prestigious Deutsche Bank Center in the heart of the Upper West Side (New York), this gathering served as a prelude to the monumental event that has become an annual beacon of solidarity against breast cancer – the Making Strides of Central Park walk.
30 Years of Impactful Effort
Celebrating three decades of determination and progress, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign has grown from humble beginnings to a nationwide movement, symbolizing the power of collective action in the fight against this formidable disease.
The kickoff Launch Party was a poignant reminder of the unwavering commitment of individuals, communities, and organizations to conquer breast cancer through awareness, research, and support.
Roadway Moving’s Support
The upcoming Making Strides of Central Park walk, scheduled for October 15th, 2023, holds particular significance in this milestone year.
Roadway Moving, the Official Moving and Storage Partner of the event, will be participating for the fifth consecutive year, joining hands with survivors and supporters alike to demonstrate the strength and determination that fuels this crucial cause.
Together, we will march in honor of heroines who have battled or are battling cancer, their courage lighting the way for millions around the world.
Walking for a cure
During the kickoff Launch Party, Victoria Green, the Senior Director of the American Cancer Society, took the stage to emphasize the strides made in breast cancer research and to underscore the mission of the association: to ensure equitable access to treatment and a future free from the fear of breast cancer.
Green passionately stated, “Where you live should not determine whether you live. We are committed to eradicating breast cancer through relentless research and unyielding support.” “We are the future. But we need each and every one of you. Let’s put an end to breast cancer through your generous contributions.”
With an impressive count of 40,000 walkers, the Making Strides of Central Park walk stands as one of the most impactful and extensive walks across the nation.
A highlight of the event was the inspiring speech by Latashia Agelink, Vice President of Deutsche Bank, an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, and a remarkable survivor herself.
Agelink shared poignant insights on prevention, breast awareness, and the importance of finding strength within a strong community. Her journey from diagnosis to empowerment underscored the significance of personal purpose in confronting the disease. She urged the audience to seek resources within their local communities, prioritize mental health, and speak up for themselves, reinforcing that every individual’s journey is unique.
Agelink’s words resonated deeply when she addressed the racial disparities that persist, emphasizing that black individuals face a higher death ratio and shorter survival rates compared to other races in the United States. Her empowering message was clear: early detection, community support, and advocating for oneself are pivotal in the fight against breast cancer.
Everyone’s story is important
The sentiment of unity and shared purpose was further echoed by the sentiment of unified solution.
As one participant eloquently put it, “We are here for the stories – the stories of survivors, the stories of fighters. It’s these stories that drive us, that motivate us to give voice to the cause and ultimately find a cure. “Every individual’s journey, every survivor’s story, contributes to the collective journey towards a breast cancer-free future.
The walk in Central Park
In closing, the promise of a brighter future was extended to all those present.
As the 30th anniversary of Making the Strides Against Breast Cancer celebration continues to inspire, it’s a reminder that united, we can overcome, and that hope remains steadfast in the face of adversity.
See you on Sunday, October 15th, 2023, in Central Park, and remember always: You are brave. You are strong. You are beautiful. You’ve got this!