American Cancer Society walk to fight breast cancer held in BX for first time

(10/17/04) ORCHARD BEACH - An American Cancer Society's breast cancer benefit walk was held in the Bronx for the first time on Sunday. Participants gathered at Orchard Beach Sunday morning for the three-mile walk.

Many people walked for loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer, and others were survivors who were proud to have beaten the illness. All of them raised awareness and money for research and treatment of the disease.

During the event, a ship sprayed pink and white water into the air. The color pink and the pink ribbon have been symbols for breast cancer awareness since 1991.

The American Cancer Society sponsored the walk. A spokesperson for the organization says they beat their goal and raised $220,000 just in the Bronx. Similar breast cancer benefit walks were held Sunday in other boroughs and across the country.

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