Giving Back

Sun Shines on Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure as Thousands Participate at Liberty State Park

Photo-op! Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Cancer Survivor Lisa Arpaia won the survivors' race. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Team Roar - the Karlis family of Bridgewater, NJ were there to support Donna, a survivor Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Charles Way, formerly of the New York Giants, poses with a family. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Gorgeous day, gorgeous horse and rider from Medieval Times, a sponsor of Race for the Cure Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Protecting the future... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Stylin'... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Various hair looks are welcome... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Mike Shapiro, founder of TAPinto, and Kelly Witkowski, Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of North Jersey Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Fighting breast cancer is a family affair... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Standing tall for TAPinto at Liberty State Park... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Framed! Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Represent in pink... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Bold, fearless, strong Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
TAPinto was a platinum sponsor of the Race for the Cure... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Race for the Cure royalty - getting medieval with Mike Shapiro Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Race winners and breast cancer survivors Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The crew from Dun and Bradstreet were there to show support and cheer on survivors Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
I'm a survivor. I just won't give up. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Jersey Devil and East Brunswick Angel Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Surviving is winning... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
At first I was afraid. I was petrified. Then I grew strong. I learned how to get along. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop cuts the ribbon and begins the survivor and family walk for the cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Cancer survivors also know a little about freedom and liberty. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick

JERSEY CITY, NJ — "This is my fight song; take back my life song." Katy Perry's version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" anthem blared across Liberty State Park Sunday morning as thousands of women and men gathered to participate in the tenth annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Perry's lyrics did indeed apply to the many breast cancer survivors who came to celebrate their lives and to support the cause for research and a cure for the disease that affects one of every eight American women. was the Platinum sponsor of the event, which included a 5K run and walk involving families, corporate employee groups, co-survivors, students, and health activists. TAPinto franchisees and company founder Michael Shapiro have provided media support and marketing for Susan G. Komen Norther Jersey throughout the TAPinto network of online local newspapers in New Jersey. Event announcer Anthony Johnson of ABC's Eyewitness News praised TAPinto for "helping to spread the word across the internet."

Shapiro joined Kelly Witkowski, Komen's Executive Director for North Jersey, to celebrate the event, as TAPinto sponsored a photo booth. Guests were invited to don festive pink accessories and pose with the Komen logo.  Professional photography was provided by Eloquent Studios of Chester, New Jersey and social media support was provided by TAPinto franchisees.

Sign Up for E-News

Witkowski said that she was delighted by the "beautiful sea of pink" as survivors gathered onstage to mark their achievement by the number of years that they have been cancer-free. Speaking to the crowd she added, "Your love and enthusiasm gives us hope for the future. We are with you. We are with you to find a cure. We are with you to get care. We are with you to celebrate that you have beaten breast cancer."

Her remarks added to the sentiment expressed on the event's t-shirts, "Be bold. Be fearless. Be more." 

 Charles "Get Out of My" Way, a former fullback for the New York Giants, was there to award the winners a medallion featuring the iconic pink ribbon and the Statue of Liberty.  Lords and Ladies from Medieval Times added their stateliness and decorum - when they were not sword fighting or riding impeccably groomed horses - to the program.  The Jersey Devils' mascot made an appearance, as well.

Montclair's Patty Steele of WCBS-FM 101.1's "The Big Show with Scott Shannon and Patty Steele" described her own experience as a three-year breast cancer survivor, which she shared with her radio audience on an ongoing basis throughout her illness. She said that she had "an abundance of joy" because the "wonderful secret" of prevailing over breast cancer was the amount of love and support she received from her family, co-workers, and listeners. Quoting French author Albert Camus, she added, "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

Joy, Celebration and Survival all ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Liberty State Park this morning, and they were all winners.

---------------  is Clark’s official electronic news source and the only free daily paper. 

“LIKE” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TAPintoClark.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County 4-H Club Reaches Out to Help after Hurricane Maria

March 16, 2018

Student members of the Union County 4-H Variety Club reached across local and state borders to help displaced pets earlier this year. Through their “4-H for our 4 Pawed Friends” community service project, they collected donations to help St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison after the organization sheltered more than 700 pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

A ...

Do You Know How Colleges Calculate How Much You Should Pay?

In his last few videos Chris Curran has talked about college financial aid.    In today's Takeaway Tuesday Chris talks about Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance(COA) and the amount of need an individual family may have based on those components.   

If you want to know how these things are calculated and what they mean to your child-bound child ...

Are You Harnessing the Potential of the College Financial Aid Process?

Chris Curran works with families to plan for college.  A big part of what he does is help families reduce the overall cost of college by harnessing the power of the financial aid process.   

Do you know what assets should be listed on financial aid forms and which should not?  Did you know that retirement accounts and some other family owned assets don't have to be ...

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


State-of-the-Art Pain Relief Therapy Now Available at Cornerstone Physical Therapy of Clark

CLARK, NJ – Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center is now offering the latest technology in therapeutic pain relief with the introduction of the LightForce™ EXPi Deep Tissue Therapy Laser.  This therapy offers the highest level of pain relief available using a new and enhanced 25 watt Class IV Laser.

Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free option for ...