Walk for our lives! Cancer charity stroll hits stride in W’burg

Walk for our lives! Cancer charity stroll hits stride in W’burg
Photo by Alexa Telano

A few small steps can make a huge difference.

That is the philosophy behind Relay For Life, a charity-walk series that raises money for cancer research. The event touched down on Saturday afternoon at Williamsburg’s Grand Street Campus high school and participants said that shedding a little sweat was the least they could do for the cause.

“I went out there so that they can find a cure,” said Heriberto Pagan. “I want to do whatever I can to help.”

More than 100 turned out to walk, play tug-of-war, and swap stories of survival and loss.

A neighborhood pol took part in the walk-athon and said that preventative steps to catch cancer early are as important as research for a cure.

“Every year when I attend this event it reminds me, and I hope that it also reminds those who participate, that early detection is key to dealing with cancer,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Williamsburg), a cancer survivor. “It is imperative that everyone goes to the doctor on a yearly basis to ensure that the necessary preventative and early detection measures are taken.”

Money raised at the event went to the American Cancer Society.

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Eye of the tiger: Assemblyman Joe Lentol shows off his “Survivor” ribbon at the walk-athon.
Photo by Alexa Telano