Some cancer support patient organizations, like the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Livestrong, raise funds and awareness and provide support for patients dealing with every type of cancer. Colorectal cancer patients who participate in these events advance CRC awareness and earn funds which help patients dealing with emotional, legal, financial and personal cancer issues. On May 1, New York City hosted two separate events that helped colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers and friends make a financial difference in patient support difference
On the upper West Side in Manhattan, Riverside Park welcomed the ACS Bark for Life™ at W. 108th St. and Riverside Dr. Proceeds support the ACS Relay for Life of New York. From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., dog owners and their pets celebrated canine caregivers. The event featured a non-competitive walk for pet owners and their dogs, along with an outdoor doggy gym and obstacle course, raffles for hotel stays, signed sports memorabilia, personal training sessions, dog toys, dog treats, dog accessories and TV show tickets. Local vendors and photos with Rescue Ink members completed the dog-friendly agenda.
All proceeds raised at the event will go directly toward the New York City ACS chapter’s cancer support programs for patients and caregivers. Before the walk began at 9 a.m., over $10,000 had been raised by Bark for Life™ of New York City. Check NYCBark at the ACS or the NYCBark Facebook page for final fundraising totals and information about the 2012 New York City Bark for Life™ event.
Further downtown, the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour kicked off a bit earlier. Over 32,000 bicyclists donned their helmets and mounted their bikes to take a 42-mile traffic free tour of the five boroughs of New York City. City streets along the entire route were closed to traffic for the day.
The Five Boro Bike Tour officially kicks off New York City’s celebration of May as “Bike Month” and officially encourages riders to bike for a cause. Riders can join teams sponsored by over 30 charity partners. This year, both Livestrong and CancerCare fielded charity teams whose fundraising will directly benefit those organizations’ cancer support programs. Livestrong provides free patient information and materials including the Livestrong Guidebook. CancerCare sponsors free patient and health care professional teleconferences. Check Colorectal Cancer’s National colorectal cancer events, by week, to see upcoming CancerCare teleconferences.
The Five Boro Bike Tour happens each year on the first Sunday in May. Registration to participate usually opens February 1, but open registration closes quickly. Registrations for charity partner teams, which require a minimum fundraising level of $1000 per entrant, are more available. Keep an eye on BikeNewYork for updates on May 1st’s 2011 ride, final fundraising totals and announcements for the 2012 event registration. For a bird’s eye view of the 2010 ride, check out the video link to the left of this column.
National colorectal cancer event information is taken from individual sources and current events calendars at various online colorectal cancer support sites and individual sources. For additional and last-minute information, directly contact the event sponsor linked in each event’s title. For events in the weeks ahead, consult the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Star Calendar, the events calendar at Fight Colorectal Cancer, the CancerCare events calendar, the CureToday events calendar and Colorectal Cancer’s weekly “National colorectal cancer events” articles.
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