On Sunday, April 21, 2013, starting at 11 a.m. (rain or shine), oral cancer survivors and their families will join dental students, residents, and faculty of New York University College of Dentistry for New York City's eighth annual Oral Cancer Walk. This year's walk will be held in Queens to raise awareness of a disease that kills more than 7,000 men and women in the U.S. each year.
Other sponsors and participants include Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Columbia, Stony Brook, students from other chapters of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), plus participants from the Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Oral Cancer Consortium.
Last spring, the walk attracted some 700 participants, up from just shy of 300 walkers in 2006, the first year of the walk, and raised nearly $30,000. This year, the goal will be to double both the number of walkers and the funds raised.
Free oral cancer screenings will be available at 10 a.m. during the welcoming ceremonies, and free healthy snacks and beverages will be provided to all walkers.
To find out more or to register for the walk, visit www.oralcancerwalknyc.org.