DONNA LUNDY, PH.D., CHAIR OF THE MIAMI-DADE UNIT OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RE: KICKING OFF THE MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN 2010
Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Sosa acknowledged the Ms. Donna Lundy, Ph.D. Operating Board Chair of the Miami-Dade Unit of the American Cancer Society, noting she was honored to be named the chairperson of the American Cancer Society 10th Annual Walk entitled, “Making Strides against Breast Cancer.” She commended Commissioner Heyman for her work as the former chairperson. She also thanked those who have been working on this project, which included 6,000 walkers, raising $475,000.
Dr. Lundy appeared before the members of the Board and thanked Commissioners Sosa and Heyman for their support as well as Ms. Alina Hudak and Ms. Damaris Isler (Phonetic). She asked all the volunteers, and staff to stand with her as she presented a token of appreciation (pink roses) to the County Commissioners for supporting the event last year. Ms. Lundy noted as a result of pledges and hard work Miami-Dade County employee raised a total $150,000 last year. She noted the troublesome statistic that Florida was named second in the nation of having the most deaths from breast cancer disease and the majority incidents from breast cancer was in Miami-Dade County.
Ms. Julia Pallais, Clerk II, Public Works Department appeared before the County Commission and gave a brief testimony of her personal experience with her mother battling cancer and she was a six year survivor. She stressed the importance of educating women about this disease and the need for cancer survivors to provide assistance.
Dr. Lundy asked that the County Commission continue to support the walkathon that would be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 in the Miami Downtown area. She pointed out how local government officials worked with the community.
Commissioner Heyman’s commented that the intent of the event was to provide cancer awareness and to raise funds for research to identify a cure for cancer. She thanked several people including the Miami-Dade Police Department, and she urged the public to participate.
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