The winds whipping across the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course couldn’t chill the spirit and enthusiasm of the more than 1,000 people who came out to support CancerCare’s 8th Annual Lung Cancer Walk on Sunday, November 7 in Woodbury, Long Island. Supporters raised more than $200,000 for CancerCare’s National Lung Cancer Program, which provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by lung cancer.
CancerCare CEO Helen Miller welcomed 66 teams of walkers along with hundreds of individual participants and VIPs including Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and New York Islanders Great Bobby Nystrom, who served as Honorary Chair of this year’s Walk.
Nystrom joined John Evans, Co-Chair of the Walk Committee, to present the Ann Koelbel Award to long-time CancerCare supporter Phyllis Sobel, recognizing her as top fundraiser for the fifth year in a row with a total of $17,630. School spirit awards went to St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset for fundraising $320 and to Molloy College—80 students strong—for largest school team. Cathy Buoniello received the Outreach Award by sending 183 emails to recruit walkers and fundraise for the Walk.
Dr. David Epstein, Vice President of OSI Pharmaceuticals, the Walk’s national founding sponsor, presented this year’s top team fundraising award to For Our Heroes, which raised more than $21,585 for CancerCare’s National Lung Cancer Program. Corporate team honors went to OSI-East, which raised $9,237.
The students of Wantagh High School designed and donated beautiful posters that were hung on the stage for Opening Ceremonies. As in previous years, walkers paused to remember loved ones affected by lung cancer at the Wall of Hope. Participants posted personal messages, photos and mementos of remembrance and support. And for the second year in a row, walkers found at the half-way mark our Murals of Hope display, painted by students at Solomon Schechter Day School and Five Towns College.
CancerCare is continuing to accept donations for the 8th Annual Lung Cancer Walk through December 31. Donations can be made online or mailed to:
Special Walk merchandise is also still available for purchase (while supplies last) on the Lung Cancer Walk website. They make great gifts and all proceeds benefit our Lung Cancer Program.
CancerCare extends our deepest gratitude to all of our walkers, and to our generous sponsors: National Founding Sponsor OSI Pharmaceuticals Foundation and National Silver Sponsor Genentech; our local sponsors including Platinum Sponsor Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Gold Sponsors, BDO, Berdon LLP, and Winthrop-University Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Care; Bronze Sponsor Evolife Laboratories; Media Sponsors, the New York Islanders and KJOY 98.3; and Community Partners, The Town of Oyster Bay and Singh Hospitality Group.
You can post your Tribute message in honor of a loved one affected by lung cancer at CancerCare’s Virtual Wall of Hope. For more information about CancerCare’s free professional support services for people affected by cancer, visit www.cancercare.org or www.lungcancer.org, or call 1-800-813-HOPE (4373).