Making Strides of Long Island

Kathleen Burkitt-Velez/ Tricia - THE FIGHT CONTINUES

Why We are Making Strides

For the fourth year, we are participating in memory and honor of Kathleen Burkitt Velez known to her friends and family as Kas. As many of you already know, fundraising to find a cure for cancer was her passion in life but paramount was her family. Cancer had inflicted so many of her family members as well as her friends. Kas and her siblings were very young when they lost their mother to ovarian cancer when their mom was just 42. Their Aunts would also pass too young from breast cancer. Not really, knowing why or what was happening- they drew closer as a family and grew up starting their own families. Later in life, this disease came at them again losing their sister Barbara who battled & beat breast cancer was taken by the same disease as their Mom. Their cousin Monica was also taken by breast cancer.  Their nephew Christopher diagnosed at the age of seven with lymphoma but I am proud to say he is a healthy 24-year-old young man today and Mary Ann diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago, is now a cancer survivor. They had to face what was happening to their family and realized that this could not just be a series of unfortunate coincidences. And thanks to funds raised at events like Making Strides many families have been afforded options unlike when their Mom was sick in 1969, there were no walks no resources, no support groups the word cancer was whispered as if someone may catch it. Today with the advances in medicine, we now have the opportunities to be screened and tested. Early detection is the key to facing our risks and make life changing choices.

Kas was a pre-vivor as well as her sister Maureen and her niece who is an amazing healthy young woman that is the proud mother of both Maggie Kathleen (now 2 years old) and the newest addition Lily Barbara. If you are not sure what that means, these are courageous & pioneering women that made incredibly hard decisions after receiving the news that they were predisposed to certain cancers and underwent surgery and reconstruction to reduce their risk forever getting these cancers. Kas’s sister and niece did this before it was headline news and before we secured the right to do so without being dropped by insurance. Discriminated in the workplace, while this is a choice no woman should have to face it is an option that was not available in their Mother’s time and thanks to awareness and legislation, it is saving lives. At just the ages of 58 and 56, Kas’s sisters have reached ages not seen by women in their family in two generations and that is directly attributed to the research & work done with the funds raised at the ACS Making Strides events.

Kas’s knowledge, family experiences and passion for Cancer awareness helped save my life also. Yes, I too am a cancer survivor diagnosed after giving birth to my last daughter.  Once diagnosed I was devastated by the news, but my friend Kas took the lead. Kas selected my doctors for surgery, radiation and chemotherapy based on her infinite knowledge of amazing doctor’s, research by organizations such as ACS and the Making Strides event. Because of Kas, this year I will celebrate 10 years of being cancer free. In years past, cancer was the disease that inflicted few and you knew someone, who knew someone that had cancer. Unfortunately, those times are that of the past. Today everyone knows someone that had it (Me), knows someone that is fighting for his or her life or knew someone that had succumb to it.

 

Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Kas’ mission to do her part to move science forward to help others to ultimately find the cure and to provide options and choices for those of us who are facing the risk and battling the disease and she believed this was possible by supporting the American Cancer Society and specifically the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Kas was incredibly proud of her employer Canon USA for becoming a flagship sponsor of this event and each year she was an enthusiastic Team Captain as many of you know. She rallied her co-workers, her family and friends to participate in the event each year the awareness grew and so did her hopes

So if you are looking for inspiration to participate, remember that these funds are helping people live longer and giving hope to families like ours. This will be fourth difficult event to be at without Kas to lead us, but we will honor her by continuing to fight, to raise money and awareness we can end this cycle and have pink become just a color.

Join us and together we will walk for a world without breast cancer.

Kathleen Burkitt-Velez/ Tricia - THE FIGHT CONTINUES - Join Team Raised
Pink Powerhouse Trish James $326.50
Rising Star I made a personal gift Daniel Campanelli $25.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift MAureen Campanelli $71.10
Kathleen Violet Galvez $0.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift MaryAnne McCarrick $150.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Richard McCarrick $100.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Joanne Panetta $50.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Steven Panetta $50.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Melissa Ryan $50.00
Team Gifts $512.39
Denotes a Team Captain
Join Kathleen Burkitt-Velez/ Tricia - THE FIGHT CONTINUES


Support Kathleen Burkitt-Velez/ Tricia - THE FIGHT CONTINUES!
TeamRaiser Achievement Badge
Steady Striders
Steady Striders

 

 

 



Kathleen Burkitt-Velez/ Tricia - THE FIGHT CONTINUES

Join Our Team
Profile Picture
We’ve raised $1,334.99
Our Goal $1,000.00
Me Quedan 2Days Left
#194 out of 1,164 teams

Our Event

Long Island
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Our Company

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Why We Support
American Cancer Society by Making Strides

Why We are Making Strides

For the fourth year, we are participating in memory and honor of Kathleen Burkitt Velez known to her friends and family as Kas. As many of you already know, fundraising to find a cure for cancer was her passion in life but paramount was her family. Cancer had inflicted so many of her family members as well as her friends. Kas and her siblings were very young when they lost their mother to ovarian cancer when their mom was just 42. Their Aunts would also pass too young from breast cancer. Not really, knowing why or what was happening- they drew closer as a family and grew up starting their own families. Later in life, this disease came at them again losing their sister Barbara who battled & beat breast cancer was taken by the same disease as their Mom. Their cousin Monica was also taken by breast cancer.  Their nephew Christopher diagnosed at the age of seven with lymphoma but I am proud to say he is a healthy 24-year-old young man today and Mary Ann diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago, is now a cancer survivor. They had to face what was happening to their family and realized that this could not just be a series of unfortunate coincidences. And thanks to funds raised at events like Making Strides many families have been afforded options unlike when their Mom was sick in 1969, there were no walks no resources, no support groups the word cancer was whispered as if someone may catch it. Today with the advances in medicine, we now have the opportunities to be screened and tested. Early detection is the key to facing our risks and make life changing choices.

Kas was a pre-vivor as well as her sister Maureen and her niece who is an amazing healthy young woman that is the proud mother of both Maggie Kathleen (now 2 years old) and the newest addition Lily Barbara. If you are not sure what that means, these are courageous & pioneering women that made incredibly hard decisions after receiving the news that they were predisposed to certain cancers and underwent surgery and reconstruction to reduce their risk forever getting these cancers. Kas’s sister and niece did this before it was headline news and before we secured the right to do so without being dropped by insurance. Discriminated in the workplace, while this is a choice no woman should have to face it is an option that was not available in their Mother’s time and thanks to awareness and legislation, it is saving lives. At just the ages of 58 and 56, Kas’s sisters have reached ages not seen by women in their family in two generations and that is directly attributed to the research & work done with the funds raised at the ACS Making Strides events.

Kas’s knowledge, family experiences and passion for Cancer awareness helped save my life also. Yes, I too am a cancer survivor diagnosed after giving birth to my last daughter.  Once diagnosed I was devastated by the news, but my friend Kas took the lead. Kas selected my doctors for surgery, radiation and chemotherapy based on her infinite knowledge of amazing doctor’s, research by organizations such as ACS and the Making Strides event. Because of Kas, this year I will celebrate 10 years of being cancer free. In years past, cancer was the disease that inflicted few and you knew someone, who knew someone that had cancer. Unfortunately, those times are that of the past. Today everyone knows someone that had it (Me), knows someone that is fighting for his or her life or knew someone that had succumb to it.

 

Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Kas’ mission to do her part to move science forward to help others to ultimately find the cure and to provide options and choices for those of us who are facing the risk and battling the disease and she believed this was possible by supporting the American Cancer Society and specifically the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Kas was incredibly proud of her employer Canon USA for becoming a flagship sponsor of this event and each year she was an enthusiastic Team Captain as many of you know. She rallied her co-workers, her family and friends to participate in the event each year the awareness grew and so did her hopes

So if you are looking for inspiration to participate, remember that these funds are helping people live longer and giving hope to families like ours. This will be fourth difficult event to be at without Kas to lead us, but we will honor her by continuing to fight, to raise money and awareness we can end this cycle and have pink become just a color.

Join us and together we will walk for a world without breast cancer.

Team Members

Thank You Donors

From Amount
View All Fewer

How You're Helping
Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

currently invested in
breast cancer research grants

$ 64 million

patients received
personal assistance
understanding their diagnosis

34 thousand

one-to-one support
services provided to
breast cancer patients

6+ thousand
Sweatshirt

Get Noticed for Your YOUnitedTM Fighting Spirit

Order personalized event shirts - and more - to show off your amazing team. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

Shop Strides Gear
Would you like to kickstart your fundraising by making a donation?
89610
Your team name last year.
This team doesn’t have a leader.
Would you like to lead the team or join the team?

This isn’t what I wanted.

Do you have a discount code? (optional)
Could help provide free access to 24-hour information and support via phone, email, and online chats for one person.
Could help provide free access to 24-hour information and support via phone, email, and online chats for two people.
Could help provide 8 rides to and from treatment for a breast cancer patient with our Road to Recovery® program.
Could offer a cancer patient and their caregiver one night of free lodging at a Hope Lodge® location.
Any donation amount helps save lives from breast cancer.

Welcome to our Team Page. We've formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

Join us. Donate today. Or walk with us.

Please enter a valid zip code
Please enter at least three letters of the city name.
Please choose a state.
Please enter at least three letters of the event name.
Please enter at least three letters of the team name.
Please enter at least three letters of the first or last name.
City
Zip Code
First Name
Team Name
Enter First Name
Enter Team Name
Making Strides of Long Island
../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/theme/msabc/img/
Team Page URL copied
Personal Page URL copied
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/../acs_bb_2018/branch/master/
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?
209329
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/
http://main.acsevents.org/site/
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
MSABC_CY19_NER_
210227
210230
210231
MSABC_CY19_NER_
false
false
false
210546
11077311561