The Guttenberg Police Department, along with several town officials, organized a breast cancer awareness walk to honor and support the fight against breast cancer. Sponsored content.
Police Det. Steven Diaz approached Councilman Wayne Zitt about synchronizing a walk in conjunction with the police department to explore new ways to raise money for cancer research.
“This is our first time we’ve ever done it, a breast cancer awareness walk. What we’re going to do is take a walk through the town of Guttenberg to raise awareness for breast cancer,” Diaz said, further explaining that t-shirts were being sold for $10 each and pink balloons for just one dollar a piece.
“We’re trying to build an annual tradition where we can come together as a community to support the fight for a cause, a fight for a cure, and that is against breast cancer. Once we allocate all the funds today, a check will be written out to that foundation.”
Zitt later noted, as he previously has, that the proceeds from the event would be donated to philanthropist Fernando Uribe’s “A Professor’s Quest to Save Breasts,” which takes place at Son Cubano in West New York on Friday night.
Additionally, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff recognized that many families within the town of Guttenberg may be affected by cancer. According to statistics from the ACS, there have been approximately 1,685,210 new cancer cases and 595,690 cancer deaths in the country in 2016.
One breast cancer survivor, Claudia Bowen, a technical manager of the Building Department, came out to show support to the breast cancer walk.
Guttenberg Senior Citizen Coordinator Marisol Montanez praised Bowen for her courage, deeming her one of the main influences made yesterday’s event happen.
Furthermore, Councilman John Habermann was directly affected by cancer when his mother was a victim of the disease 12 years ago.
“Cancer Awareness in general is something very close to my heart because my mother had passed away from cancer 12 years ago,” reflected Habermann.
“She has died from lung cancer so anything I could do to get the word out and gain awareness about cancer and try to find a cure for it is something that’s near and dear for myself and my family. That’s why I’m happy to be out here today … We’re looking forward to get a nice walk in and try to raise awareness for a very worthy cause.”
In the past, Habermann has donated his time and contributed money in order to help raise cancer awareness around communities using Facebook and other social media outlets as a top method to spread the word.
In another way to do their part during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Guttenberg Police Department created signage and handed out flyers to students and their parents at Ana L. Klein Elementary School to keep families informed.