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Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) surpassed their goal of $60,000 and raised $66,068 for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” annual walk. Once again, staff members, families and friends of OCLI came together for the walk that took place at Jones Beach on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. A longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), OCLI is proud to be a Local Flagship Sponsor of the Walk. The OCLI Team was the second largest fundraising team at this event where over 64,000 walkers participated.
More than $3,150,000 in total was raised by thousands of dedicated community members who participated in this inspirational walk to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about the disease and raise funds and awareness to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. The OCLI team of 41 was lead by OCLI CEO Tom Burke and Jennifer Messina, Executive Assistant, Westbury Central Business Office.
“Today, there is more hope than ever for people facing breast cancer,” said Tom Burke, CEO of OCLI and OCLI Team Leader. “However, there is much more work to be done. Not only is this my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease and save more lives.”
The money raised from the MSABC Walk helps the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well by taking steps to prevent cancer or find it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. It is not too late to donate to the OCLI team. Donations are still being accepted online at www.ocli.net by using the pink ribbon and “Donate to our Team” link.
For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and other American Cancer Society breast cancer programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline.