October is both Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month and every year, during those four weeks, many institutions and individuals engage in heightened campaigning to ensure the word gets out about the two causes.
Close to 100 supporters, dressed in purple for domestic violence and pink for breast cancer, participated in a 3K walk/run that was held in Canarsie Park on Saturday, October 22nd. The free race was sponsored by the 69th Precinct Community Council and supported by many law enforcement officers, community leaders and Canarsie residents.
Members of the Community Council greeted everyone with pink and purple ribbons before they hit the tracks. The group’s president, Gardy Brazela, explained that as community leaders, it is important for them to be involved in these critical issues. “We’re doing this to show support for the causes, the community and especially our friend and board member, Yolaine Ridore, who is a breast cancer survivor.”
Both Brazela and Ridore gave credit to Commanding Officer, Captain Khandakar Abdullah, for taking the initiative to host an annual walk to raise awareness of the two causes. “Domestic violence is becoming a problem in our community,” Brazela noted.
Ridore added, “I’ve been a breast cancer survivor since 2004 and I walk because I want others to know it is nothing to be ashamed of.” Although she underwent surgery and chemotherapy, Ridore credits her recovery and 18-year survival to her immense faith. “I got the best care at Methodist Hospital, but after I contacted Father Mike Tedone at St. Jude’s Church, we just prayed and prayed.”
Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse who walked a mile in her boots said, “I commend the 69th Precinct and the participants who, on Saturday, made it clear that we support the fighters and admire the survivors 12 months a year, and remind all that help is available.”
For more information on breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. For information/support for domestic violence, contact 800-799-7233 or the Domestic Violence Unit at your local precinct.