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  • Curves walk promotes breast cancer awareness

  • Curves of Little Falls conducted its third annual 5K breast cancer walk throughout the city of Little Falls on Tuesday to promote breast cancer awareness.

    “The walk is a great preview of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event,” said Curves of Little Falls owner Diane Aulisi.

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  • Curves of Little Falls conducted its third annual 5K breast cancer walk throughout the city of Little Falls on Tuesday to promote breast cancer awareness.
    “The walk is a great preview of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event,” said Curves of Little Falls owner Diane Aulisi.
    She added while the Mohawk Valley’s Making Strides event occurs in the fall, she wanted to do something to promote awareness during the city’s annual Canal Celebration.
    “A lot of businesses participate in Making Strides, but it’s tough to run an event at that time because it seems like everyone is doing one,” said Aulisi. “By doing the 5K now people will be able to take part in the Curves walk and promote awareness now, as well as in the fall.”
    Aulisi said she will share her experience with the Curves 5K walk as one of three featured speakers at the October kick-off breakfast for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
    Although the majority of the 5K walkers were Curves members, Tuesday’s walk was open to the public. Aulisi said registered walkers who were unable to walk in the evening were welcome to walk the 5K route prior to the event to show their support.
    According to Aulisi, about 70 people registered for event.
    The walk registration fee of $10 per person, as well as the funds raised from raffles, will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Last year, the event brought in a total of $3,000.
    Aulisi said she hopes this year’s walk will raise even more.
    “My brother’s first wife battled breast cancer and passed away at 29 from the disease,” said Joan Smith, of Little Falls, who has been involved with the Curves 5K walk since it began. “The walk is a good way to raise awareness of the disease and remember those who fought and lost their battle against cancer.”
    Melissa Petrie, of Little Falls, is a survivor of breast cancer. Petrie said she was diagnosed with the disease in 2008. Now cancer free, she takes part in the Curves 5K and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk every year.
    “I think it’s a great thing to do to raise awareness, but I wish more people would become involved,” she said.
    Petrie’s mother, Karen Becker, is survivor of cancer as well. In 2002, Becker was diagnosed breast cancer. She is now cancer free and participates in the Curves walk alongside her daughter.
    “Having my mom go through a similar experience helped while I was fighting my battle, but even though she was there by my side, I still had to fight,” said Petrie.
    “If people have concerns about any type of cancer they can always visit www.cancer.org to find accurate, and up-to-date information,” said Stephanie Boucher, director of special events for the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society. “If someone has specific a concern and doesn’t know who to talk to, they can always call the American Cancer Society hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 1-800-227-5345.”

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