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Walk for Beauty Raises Money for Stony Brook University Cancer Center
Proceeds from “Walk for Beauty” presented to Stony Brook University Cancer Center

Left, Fred Sganga, FACHE, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Stony Brook University Hospital, and right, Rose Cardin, RN, MSN, Administrator for Cancer Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center, receive a check for $50,000 representing proceeds from the 2011 Walk for Beauty from event co-chairs, second from left, Yvonne Spreckels, MPA, Director, Community Relations, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and second from right, Gloria Rocchio, President, Ward Melville Heritage Organization
STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 24, 2012 – A check for $50,000, representing funds raised through the 18th annual “Walk for Beauty” was presented on Monday, Jan. 23, to Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

Representatives from the Walk for Beauty Committee presented the check to Fred Sganga, FACHE, Interim CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Rose Cardin, RN, MSN, Administrator for Cancer Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Robert C. Rizzo, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University, who received funding from the 2010 Walk for Beauty, provided an update on his research regarding molecular anti-cancer targets in breast cancer.

Gloria Rocchio, President of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, presenting co-sponsor of the walk, said the event has been a successful collaboration between the hospital, area businesses, schools and governmental leaders since it was initiated in 1994.

“Why are we successful?” asked Rocchio, who co-chaired this year’s event with Yvonne Spreckels, Director, Community Relations at Stony Brook University Medical Center. “Because we put one foot in front of the other and we keep walking.”

Over the past 18 years, the walk has raised $1.1 million for cancer research at Stony Brook. The event is an all-volunteer initiative with no administrative costs. All of the proceeds stay in the community to benefit research at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

During its first eight years, the walk raised funds exclusively for breast cancer research. In 2002, the walk broadened its scope to include prostate cancer as well. In 2011, organizers returned to the event’s original focus on breast cancer research exclusively. 

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