The Stony Brook Village Center will host one of the area's largest breast cancer awareness events on Oct. 20 when the annual Walk For Beauty returns.
Organizers expect more than 1,000 participants will join the walk, a fundraiser for Stony Brook University's cancer research programs. The event is sponsored by Stony Brook University and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, which runs the Village Center.
More than $1 million has been raised in past Walk for Beauty events, which began in 1994, according to Ward Melville president Gloria Rocchio, who chairs the walk.
"In addition, the Walk for Beauty has helped thousands of patients by providing prostheses and wigs to those in need. These seed grants resulted in eight additional grants from national organizations totaling over $7 million,” she said in a statement.
This year's walk will also honor Janet Taormina, a Patchogue breast cancer survivor who was treated at Stony Brook, as well as Jim Condron, WALK AM/FM Radio vice president, and Times Beacon Record newspapers publisher Leah S. Dunaief.
The walk will include 4K and 6K options, with the 6K route taking walkers through scenic areas including Stony Brook Harbor, Avalon Park and Preserve and the Stony Brook Grist Mill.
The walk costs $25 per person, $10 for Stony Brook University students and $5 for dogs (they get a pink bandana, too).