This Eagle Scout walks the Walk

Brooklyn native; Eagle scout, Brooklyn College student, multiple sclerosis, MS Walk; Luis Cruz

Borough Wide

Eagle Scout and Brooklyn College student Luis Cruz doesn’t let anything slow him down, not even when he was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012.

This month, March, is MS Awareness Month. Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the most common chronic neurological disorder in working-age adults, can affect anyone.

In fact, more than 2.3 million people worldwide suffer from the debilitating condition.

For the past five years, Luis has organized a group to participate in the annual MS Walk, a team he calls “CRUZin for a Cure.” The MS Walk, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will take place this year on Sunday, April 15, in Manhattan. It raises awareness and funding for multiple sclerosis research

Dr. Nada Abou-Fayssal, a neurologist at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in Sunset Park and director of the NYU Langone-Brooklyn MS Center, explained: “Early detection and early treatment are paramount in treating the disorder.”

Standing O wishes Luis and his team clear skies, no rain, and a successful walk.

For those wishing to donate visit secure.nationalmssociety.org.

Sunset Park

It’s timely

The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone will be offering a series of screening opportunities through mid-April in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer will likely claim more than 50,000 lives this year, say experts. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the U.S., yet, if caught early, it is preventable, treatable, and even curable.

“Timely screening is the most effective method for early detection and prevention,” said Dr. Josef A. Shehebar, director of colorectal surgery at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. Adding, “Colonoscopy is not just for people over the age of 50. More importantly, younger people with a significant family history need to be screened 10 years before their first degree relative was diagnosed or no later than 40 years old.”

These screening opportunities will provide education about the options available, allow attendees to set up an appointment for an evaluation, and even receive a take-home method of screening called a fecal immunochemical test, or FIT.

For information about screenings or to make an appointment for an evaluation, contact the center.

NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn [150 55th St. and First Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–7155].

Borough wide

Four-wheel prize

Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, (Brooklyn Nets), is partnering with Honda to make one deserving boroughite a happy Honda winner.

Is there someone significant in your life who has been instrumental in helping you achieve your dreams, or been influential in your community?

Now is your opportunity to make something special happen for that someone special. You can nominate them now for a “Power of Dreams” chance to win a brand-new Honda Civic.

The fantastic four-door favor recipient will be honored at the last Nets home game of the season on April 9 and given the keys to a new car.

So come on down, enjoy the game — our team will be running and gunning against the Chicago Bulls at home at Barclays Center — and cheer loudly as a lucky winner fires up the ignition on a new Civic.

There are a bunch of ways you can enter the Power of Dreams initiative – Post it on Twitter and Instagram using #HondaNets or send submissions, which can be videos or photos, to www.nba.com/nets/powerofdreams.

What are you waiting for? — start tweeting and posting now!

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