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7th Annual Lung Cancer Walk Sets
New Fundraising Record!

The Redheads were one of the 63 teams that came out in support of the 7th Annual Lung Cancer Walk.

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As the sun rose over the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course on Sunday, November 8 and temperatures soared to 70, almost 1,000 people gathered for CancerCare's 7th Annual Lung Cancer Walk in Woodbury, Long Island to help raise more than $200,000 for the organization's National Lung Cancer Program.

Team spirit filled the air as a total of 63 organized teams, comprised of family and friends, schools and businesses, walked with individual supporters along the five-mile path through the golf course to raise funds and awareness for CancerCare's free, professional services—counseling, financial assistance, educational programs and practical help—for anyone facing a lung cancer diagnosis.

Islanders great Bobby Nystrom (back right) and defenseman Freddy Meyer (back left) present the Ann Koelbel Award to Phyllis Sobel Elias (back center) as the top fundraiser of the Walk.

Adding to the excitement of the morning was the New York Islanders, who returned this year with team mascot Sparky to entertain the crowd and offer fun activities for the kids. Islanders great Bobby Nystrom and defenseman Freddy Meyer were on hand to sign autographs for their eager fans and participate in the opening ceremony.

To kick off the Walk, John Evans, Co-Chair of the Walk Committee, invited Nystrom and Meyer to present the Anne Koelbel Award to top fundraiser Phyllis Sobel Elias. This was her fourth consecutive year winning the award for the most funds raised. Phyllis also took top honors for the Outreach Award.

New to the course this year was the Murals of Hope exhibit, created by students from Solomon Schechter Day School and Five Towns College, to inspire and offer hope to individuals facing cancer. In addition, Wantagh High School students designed posters in support of the Walk.

Lois and Larry Schwartz (far right and second from left, respectively) donated one of the canvases for the Murals of Hope in honor of Lois's father, Alex Drucker.

Art teacher Teri Fields (far left) organized and advised the students of Solomon Schechter Day School who painted the mural featured on the left.

Wantagh High School students designed posters for Team Butterflies to support the walkers.
As in previous years, walkers paused to remember loved ones affected by lung cancer at the Wall of Hope, where they posted personal messages, photos and mementos of remembrance and support. Tribute messages can also be posted online at CancerCare's Virtual Wall of Hope.

In addition to generous supporters like you, CancerCare extends our deepest gratitude to Founding Sponsor OSI Pharmaceuticals Foundation, and to our Silver Sponsors: BDO Seidman, FJC, and the Town of Oyster Bay; Bronze Sponsors: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Singh Hospitality Group and Winthrop University Hospital Institute for Cancer Care; and Media Sponsors: New York Islanders, KJOY 98.3 and Titan Cares.

Supervisor John Venditto of the Town of Oyster Bay and Councilwoman Rose Marie Walker joined in the day's festivities to cheer on the walkers.

Through December 31, CancerCare will continue to accept donations for the 7th Annual Lung Cancer Walk. Please encourage your family and friends to donate to the cause. And, make sure your donors inquire about matching gifts from their employers.

You can also mail your donation to:

CancerCare National Office
7th Annual Lung Cancer Walk
275 Seventh Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Meaghan Foley

For more information about CancerCare's free support services for people facing cancer, visit or, or call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).

Thank you once again for all that you do to support CancerCare and the many individuals and their families affected by lung cancer!

To view more photos from the event,
please visit the online photo gallery.


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