One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. More than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S. today. Some of them are even men. And among the survivors, the afflicted, and their family, friends and supporters, are many in Rockaway who are taking action to bring attention to the cause this October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The above facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation may come as a shock. Some are aware of how large of an issue it is, especially those who are impacted directly and indirectly. Many locals are taking action to make others aware and do what they can to help those who are suffering.
Rockaway WISH kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month on Sunday, October 1 with a fun run to honor women afflicted with not only breast cancer, but any cancer. The Catch a Cure 5K run was held to memorialize women who have passed and to raise funds for local women who are currently fighting their own battles with cancer. Around 400 participants came out to run or walk for the cause.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is raising awareness by providing resources to women. On Wednesday, the hospital hosted a workshop on early detection. On Wednesday, October 11, they’ll be hosting a presentation on breast cancer awareness at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the hospital (327 Beach 19th Street). On Monday, October 16 at 10 a.m., they’ll be hosting a workshop on healthy cooking in the lobby. At the end of the month, the hospital will also provide free mammogram screenings. These will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 and Saturday, October 28. To schedule an appointment for a screening, call 718-869-7780.
This weekend, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., everyone can shop for the cause at 141-02 Newport Avenue. The 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fall Fundraiser Sale will feature new and gently used items from vendors including clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, housewares, toys and more. Plus there will be fun for the whole family with face painters, pizza, pastries, coffee, bagels, popcorn and cotton candy. Donations are appreciated.