I’m on my way to Syracuse (my husband is driving) to cover tomorrow’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Being in the car means:
- I’m not harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, broccolis or raspberries. We ate the last wonderful sweet corn earlier this week. Because I will be away for a weekend, I know the chipmunks, squirrels and bird will be feasting on the buffet.
- I have time to think about the American Cancer Society, the work it does to find a cure and raise awareness, the many NYSUT members I have met at these walks who are cancer survivors, or who just want to raise funds for their colleagues.
It’s also time to reflect on those who have lost their struggles. Of course, the best known in our union family is Sandy Feldman. Here’s a link to a 2003 interview with her. Feldman died Sept. 18, 2005.
The best part of working for NYSUT members is telling their stories. Here’s a link to Regina McCormack’s story from the Albany Strides walk last October. An update on her finds that she is doing well and is even back to work part-time. Last year’s walks were fabulous and they were captured by photographers (including NYSUT members) across the state. Look through the pics by clicking here.
I am certain this year will be just as fabulous. Please send me pics from your walks. Just email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add to this year’s photo collections. Besides the ‘Cuse, there are also walks in Binghamton, Buffalo, Waterloo and Rochester tomorrow.
Increasingly, Twitter is the way to cover events live. You can follow along, even if you are not on Twitter, by using #makingstrides. If you don’t understand why # is before the word strides, check out this link for an explanation. Once you do, you’ll find others who are tweeting from their sites.