Oct. 10, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - On Tuesday afternoon, the St. John's Department of Athletics, in conjunction with University Community Relations, held the seventh-annual campus Fun Run for Breast Cancer Awareness. More than 100 student-athletes from the Red Storm's varsity teams participated in the walk around campus to help promote the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19.
"The Fun Run is a great, educational opportunity for our student-athletes to participate in," said the head men's soccer coach Dr. Dave Masur. "It's something that affects everyone and we're proud to be able to give back to the community."
The Fun Run took place on the Queens campus during the University's common hour. The event kicked off with an inspiring personal story by Mary Siconolfi, a secretary in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and a motivating cancer survivor.
"Every single dollar you raise, every ribbon you hang is important because it helps spread support and raise awareness," said Siconolfi in her welcome speech. "You are all very important pieces of this puzzle that someday we will solve together. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring and helping and not being afraid and I am working very hard to raise my children to be as responsible and helpful and wonderful as I think all of you are."
Student-athletes started at the University Center, then walked across campus, ending at the Vincentian Stairs by Montgoris Dining Hall. Along the way, they hung pink ribbons and distributed brochures to show support and raise awareness for the upcoming event on Oct. 19th.
"We're proud to have our student-athletes join with the Office of Community Relations to help raise awareness and support the efforts of the American Cancer Society," said the Associate Director, Leadership Development and Special Events Lucy Pesce.
In addition to the Making Strides cancer walk on Oct. 19, the cross country team will also lend their support at their annual STJ Fall Festival on the same day. A run/walk, also to benefit the fight against breast cancer, will precede the team's annual home meet at Cunningham Park, starting at 9:30 a.m.
"We always look forward to this event, it's a great opportunity for us come together as a team outside of practice and participate in such a great cause," said head cross country, track & field coach Jim Hurt. "We are proud to be a part of it."
For more information or to register to participate in the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk contact the office of Community Relations at (718)-990-6687 or visit the website.