October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; this year the Starrett City Lions Club will be coordinating a Zumba dance fundraiser at the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) in lieu of their annual community walk. “We wanted to try something we did about four years ago: we held a dance party along with the walk to help gather donations for the American Cancer Society,” said event coordinator and Lions Club Chair, Janice LaCroix.
Every year, LaCroix coordinates an event for Breast Cancer awareness, and she thought that this time the Lions Club should dedicate efforts to one large-scale event that will inspire healthy living and cancer awareness. “There is still no cure for breast cancer, and as long as a cure is needed we will work to raise money and spread awareness,” she said. Their fundraiser is a part of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) national campaign, “Making Strides” for cancer research and breast cancer awareness, along with honoring those who have survived or are currently battling the disease.
According to ACS’s website, “This year nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday, thanks in part to the progress [ACS] has already made.” The society has worked towards helping support cancer patients emotionally by connecting them with breast cancer survivors for caring support, providing one-on-one healthcare guidance, rides to and from treatments or medical appointments, and any other help that they may need. Even with all of these efforts, a cure has still not been found. More than 585,000 people are expected to die from the disease according to the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research Progress Report. LaCroix believes a cure is possible and is raising money to find it from the SCT community dance.
Event volunteer, Kathleen Lucas, hopes the event sheds light on the struggle of cancer patients and their families as they battle through the disease. “I want this dance to showcase all of the amazing services available to cancer patients. There are many free opportunities that patients are not aware of. For example, there are organizations that provide caregivers for those that are hospitalized out of state or away from their families,” she said.
Saturday’s event will include fun dance exercise routines, which will be led by BSC Zumba instructors, raffles, various prizes and snacks. If you want to attend the event but are not a dancer, don’t worry. LaCroix told the Spring Creek Sun, “A section would be made for people to sit and watch the revelry.”
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The Starrett City-Spring Creek Lions Club, Inc. made set a goal of raising $5,000 in donations from the cancer Zumba Dance Party. The Lions Club will continue to collect donations until the end of November. Donations can be sent to the Starrett City-Spring Creek Inter-national Lions Club, PO Box 172, Brooklyn, NY 11236 (all checks must be made payable to the American Cancer Society) or donated directly to the American Cancer Society by calling them at 800-227.2345.