Patrick Parent of Selden, 2012 Walk for Beauty honoree
STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 23, 2012 – Get out your pink gloves and get ready to dance! The 19th annual Walk for Beauty will hold its kick-off event on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook Village to jump start fundraising efforts for breast cancer research and patient support at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. The event will feature videotaping of participants in a “Pink Glove Dance” video for Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
The Pink Glove Dance is a national event organized by MedLine to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since the original video was created two years ago, it has since generated more 13 million views on YouTube and inspired countless pink glove dance videos and events around the world. This year, MedLine is sponsoring an online nationwide competition to find the best Pink Glove Dance video. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools and individuals across the U.S. and Canada will be producing and submitting Pink Glove Dance videos.
Barbara Meringolo of Stony Brook, 2012 Walk for Beauty breast cancer survivor honoree
Regardless of whether you wish to dance in the video, the public is invited to attend the Walk for Beauty kickoff from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20, which covers advance registration costs for the walk. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and prizes will be raffled. To RSVP, call (631) 444-4000 by Friday, Aug. 10.
The honoree for this year’s Walk for Beauty is Patrick Parent of Selden, owner of Legends Hair Designs, which has participated in “Cut for a Cure” for the past four years, with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center. Legends also provides pink hair extensions at the walk, with proceeds donated to the event. A breast cancer survivor, Barbara Meringolo of Stony Brook, will also be honored this year. Breast cancer survivors will receive a special memento at the walk.
This year’s walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Stony Brook Village Center
Advance registration at the discounted price of $20 ends Oct. 1. After that date, the cost will be $25. Registration forms may be obtained by calling (631) 444-4000 or by visiting www.stonybrookmedicine.edu/walkforbeauty or www.wmho.org. Individual and corporate sponsorship packages are available, ranging from $100 to $10,000.
Since its inception in 1994, the Walk for Beauty has raised over $1 million for breast and prostate cancer research at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. The volunteer-led event is co-presented by Stony Brook University and The Ward Melville Heritage Organization. All event proceeds go towards research and patient support; there are no administrative fees.
About Stony Brook University Cancer Center:
Stony Brook University Cancer Center is Suffolk County’s cancer care leader and a leader in education and research. With more than 20,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually, the Cancer Center includes 12 multidisciplinary teams: Breast Cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Gynecologic Oncology; Head, Neck and Thyroid Oncology; Lung Cancer; Melanoma; Neurologic Oncology; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Sarcoma; Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy; Upper Gastrointestinal Oncology; and Urologic Oncology. The cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program and received the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center is the first center in New York State to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. To learn more, visit www.cancer.stonybrookmedicine.edu.