Rockland County Legislators John Murphy and Connie Coker recently recognized the efforts of 12 local women who joined together and formed a team to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: New York, a two-day event, also held in several cities across the nation each year to raise funds for breast cancer research and medical care for women and men diagnosed with the disease.
The group, well-known locally as the "Brest Buddies," has been participating in the walk since 2004 in honor of Ann-Marie Hogan, a Pearl River resident and breast cancer survivor.
"During my recovery I would often wonder if I would ever be well enough to do the various activities I always enjoyed, such as walking and exercising," Hogan said. "Those in the group who were there to support and encourage me during my illness and recovery, said, 'when this was all behind you, we will do the Avon walk.' So here we are six years later, joined by others, survivors and supporters, walking for the cure."
Murphy, a Pearl River Republican, said, "I must compliment these women for their dedication to the cause. They walk not only to support research, but to honor those fighting the disease, those in recovery, those who are survivors, and in the memory of those who succumbed to the disease. Their efforts go a long way."
The team holds fundraisers each year to raise the entry fee that is required of each participant. Over the years the team has raised close to $125,000. The group joined 3,900 other participants on the 39 mile walk throughout Manhattan on Oct 16 and 17. The event raised a total $9.4 Million.
"The Brest Buddies proactive involvement to raise funds will benefit that one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year," said Coker of South Nyack. "We are very proud of these women for what they are doing for others. Not only does this event raise millions of dollars for research and treatment, it raises awareness, as well."