By Amanda Moses
On Saturday, October 22, loud dance music emanated from the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) gymnasium as over 130 people dressed in pink danced for a breast cancer cure during the community’s annual Making Strides event. For the past five years, the Starrett City Lions Club has held a community walk for the American Cancer Society’s national campaign, “Making Strides” for cancer research and breast cancer awareness, along with honoring those who have survived or are currently battling the disease. However, this year they decided to hold a Zumba dance fundraiser. Event coordinator and Lions Chair, Janice LaCroix said that she wanted to try something different to promote both healthy living and cancer awareness.
Attendees spent the morning breaking a sweat as they followed intricate dance routines created by BSC’s Zumba instructors. They clapped their hands, stomped their feet and shook their hips to an assortment of fast-paced music. LaCroix described the day as an exuberant display of camaraderie amongst Spring Creek Towers’ residents. “Team Starrett City Lions Plus Friends wants to thank everyone for being a part of our” Dancing To Stop Breast Cancer,” LaCroix said happily. She also adds that the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser was made possible with the help of the BSC, Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA), Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS), and Frederick Douglas Academy VIII (FDA VIII).
Upon the event’s culmination, the Lions Club, the SCTA, FDA VIII and SCGS held raffles with various donated prizes. In addition to hosting the event, the BSC wanted to show further support for breast cancer awareness, so they donated two, three-month memberships as additional raffle prizes.
LaCroix proudly announced that the event received $1,500 in donations, and will still accept donations until the end of November., which can be mailed to Starrett City Lions Club, Post Office Box 172, Brooklyn, NY 11236, checks or money orders should be made out to the American Cancer Society.
Photos courtesy of Janice LaCroix, Teri Valentin and Alicia Rosenberg