Thousands are coming together for the Making Strides Against Cancer walk

It was a sea of ​​pink along Brooklyn's Coney Island boardwalk on Sunday, made up of breast cancer survivors and their supporters who are playing a major role in the fight against the disease.

Tanya Carter wore a pink vest and shirt in honor of breast cancer awareness. On Sunday, she met her doctor, Michael Zeidman, on the boardwalk.

“I have been cancer free for two years! Two years cancer-free,” Carter said.


What you need to know

  • It was a sea of ​​pink along Brooklyn's Coney Island boardwalk on Sunday, made up of breast cancer survivors and their supporters who are playing a major role in the fight against the disease
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 18,000 women in New York will be diagnosed with breast cancer by 2023
  • The disease is the second most common cancer among women in the US
  • The death rate from breast cancer fell by 42% between 1989 and 2019

A victory she and her doctor celebrated along with 10,000 others at the 20th annual Making Strides Against Cancer walk in Brooklyn.

“One of the things that struck me about Tanya and her family is that of all the patients I can remember, she had the most support,” said Dr. Michael Zeidman, a breast surgical oncologist at Mount Sinai Brooklyn. “We actually didn't have our meeting in our typical exam room because she had so many family members with her. We had to use the meeting room.”

Dr. Zeidman told NY1 about the importance of support in the fight against the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the US

“I always find that patients with that great support system always do better. And Tanya is proof of that. She flew through this process,” Zeidman said.

“I thank God every day for my family,” Carter said.

By 2023, more than 18,000 women in New York will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 4,000,000 survivors in the country. Organizers said fundraising during Making Strides Against Cancer walks is crucial.

“The funds raised here will make a difference with services here in Coney Island,” said Austin Desavino, director of development at the American Cancer Society. “So we have Hope Lodge where you can stay for free as long as you want. If you're traveling for treatment, you can get free wigs and you can ride along to the treatment, but there is research that is making breakthroughs that we won't even see, but we will see in the future.

While Carter and Dr. Zeidman walked together, their goal was to raise awareness.

“Absolutely, number one, get a mammogram. That's a must,” Carter said.

“This is a disease where you won't get any symptoms and it's much better to catch it early because the amount of treatment you need is much less. If we catch it at an earlier stage, your prognosis will be better,” Zeidman said.

According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate from breast cancer decreased by 42% between 1989 and 2019. The decrease was due to earlier detection and greater awareness.

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