Health & Wellness

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

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Photo-op! Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Cancer Survivor Lisa Arpaia won the survivors' race. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Team Roar - the Karlis family of Bridgewater, NJ were there to support Donna, a survivor Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Charles Way, formerly of the New York Giants, poses with a family. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Gorgeous day, gorgeous horse and rider from Medieval Times, a sponsor of Race for the Cure Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Protecting the future... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Stylin'... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Various hair looks are welcome... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Mike Shapiro, founder of TAPinto, and Kelly Witkowski, Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of North Jersey Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Fighting breast cancer is a family affair... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Standing tall for TAPinto at Liberty State Park... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Framed! Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Represent in pink... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Bold, fearless, strong Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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TAPinto was a platinum sponsor of the Race for the Cure... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Race for the Cure royalty - getting medieval with Mike Shapiro Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Race winners and breast cancer survivors Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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The crew from Dun and Bradstreet were there to show support and cheer on survivors Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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I'm a survivor. I just won't give up. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Jersey Devil and East Brunswick Angel Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Surviving is winning... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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At first I was afraid. I was petrified. Then I grew strong. I learned how to get along. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop cuts the ribbon and begins the survivor and family walk for the cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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Cancer survivors also know a little about freedom and liberty. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
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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 1 of every 8 American women.

TAPinto.net 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.

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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 3-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.

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