Tuesday, June 2, 2009

LI2Day - What's Raised Here, Stays Here!

Smith Point community has hosted the LI2Day Walk to fight Breast Cancer since it began 6 years ago. The LI2Day organization has raised funds through this event to assist Long Islanders affected by breast cancer.

The 2-day event starts at Smith Point County Park, with hundreds of walkers crossing the Smith Point bridge, heading north along William Floyd Parkway, stopping along the way at Southaven County Park in Shirley for lunch and continuing on a 20 mile trek to Cathedral Pines County Park in Middle Island. Once there, the walkers are treated to hot showers, a hot meal, terrific entertainment, massage and chiropractic care and yes, even medical treatment if needed. The next morning, these courageous volunteers walk 15 miles back to Smith Point County Park where they are met by Breast Cancer Survivors from all over Long Island for a celebratory lunch and closing ceremonies which includes a parade of pink balloons and pink t-shirts marching back over the Smith Point bridge. It's quite a site to behold.

All of the money raised by this event stays here on Long Island and the organization has raised over $2 million to date. The volunteers along the 35 mile route are the best cheerleaders and support team that you could ask for. But the community members who come out of their homes to cheer the walkers on, offering water and encouragement show the very best of the Smith Point neighborhoods.

This year, whether you are home, or driving down the WF Parkway in your car, look for these dedicated walkers and show them some of that Smith Point support that has kept them coming back all these years. Your encouragement can make a world of difference especially during those last few miles. And if you are so inclined, make a donation to this very worthy cause because every dime is helping a fellow Long Islander.

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