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'Strike Out Breast Cancer' event benefits local survivors, research


Thu, May 31st 2018 11:20 am
The Breast Cancer Network of WNY (BCN), in collaboration with the Buffalo Bisons, Amherst Federal Credit Union and WNY Imaging Group, will present its second annual "Strike Out Breast Cancer" event on Saturday, July 7. This family-friendly event includes a two-hour pregame party downtown at Cathedral Park, a short breast cancer awareness walk to Coca-Cola Field, and admission to that evening's Buffalo Bisons baseball game.
Everything starts with the pregame party at 3 p.m., which will feature food, entertainment, a kids zone, photos and contests for best T-shirts and best dancers.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Breast cancer patients and survivors are admitted free.
BCN Executive Director Rob Jones said he is excited about "Strike Out Breast Cancer."
"We have presented this event on a much smaller scale in the past. This year, thanks to the support of St. Paul's Cathedral, we have a new pregame party venue and we are ramping everything up a notch," he said. "The support we've received from the Bisons and our other sponsors has made it possible to make this year bigger, better, and, hopefully, more fun for everyone."
Proceeds from "Strike Out Breast Cancer" will benefit the support and education programming of the Breast Cancer Network and also its metastatic breast cancer research fund.
"As an independent nonprofit organization, we depend on fundraising and the generosity of our community to fund the important work we do," Jones said. " 'Strike Out Breast Cancer' is not just a fundraising activity, but, even more importantly, it gives us the opportunity to let people know what BCN is and how we help all people in Western New York who have been impacted by breast cancer. Plus, we are raising funds for metastatic research, which is so important to finding a cure."
Metastatic breast cancer is the stage four disease that causes more than 40,000 deaths in the United States each year. BCN has created a restricted fund that donates specifically to metastatic breast cancer research. That fund will benefit from this event.
"Strike Out Breast Cancer" tickets are available online at www.bcnwny.org or at the BCN offices at 3297 Walden Ave., Depew.
The Breast Cancer Network of WNY, founded in 1988, is dedicated to the education, support and advocacy for breast cancer patients and survivors of WNY. This volunteer-driven organization presents a full schedule of support groups, restorative health classes, education programs and outreach for survivors and newly diagnosed patients. B
CN is a local organization and keeps 100 percent of all donations it receives in Western New York.

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