Walk The Walk is bringing their iconic overnight power walk, The MoonWalk to New York City on July 20th at 10pm. Presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, the overnight walk through New York City will begin with a participant opening ceremony celebration at Randall’s Island. Walkers will then depart weaving through Manhattan past the city’s most iconic landmarks, lit up brightly at night.
There are two courses to ensure that everyone can participate no matter their fitness levels or abilities.: Half Moon (13.1 miles) and Full Moon (26.3 miles).
Most of the fundraising from the MoonWalk NYC will be granted to Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center to help support the Breast Examination Center in Harlem, one of the first free screening facilities for breast cancer in the country where 80% of patients are uninsured but guaranteed support and guidance.
Since it’s inception fifteen years ago in London, MoonWalk has engaged over 300,000 participants and has raised over $126 million dollars to support vital breast cancer causes.
Why I Care
As many of you know, I’ve talked a lot in the last year about Breast Cancer. I’ll never forget the day out on my parents’ back deck when my Mom said, “I need to talk to you.” My heart skipped, my eyes watered and I just knew what she was going to say. “They found something on my mammogram. But, its probably nothing.” And I knew it was far from nothing, it was breast cancer. I didn’t need the results of a biopsy. I was already convinced. Sadly, I was right. My mom had breast cancer. Like her mom who has been a survivor for years and her aunt who sadly wasn’t as lucky.
She had the biopsy, then the lumpectomy and the weeks of radiation treatments. And, today, about a year later, she is cancer free! Throughout all of this, she was uninsured. In fact, she was diagnosed within weeks of my dad being laid off from his job of over 30 years when the company closed completely unexpectedly. Last year was a rough year for both of them and it broke my heart. But, because of fundraisers like this one not having insurance never meant that mom couldn’t have treatment to become and remain cancer free!
I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.