Walk for HOPE and the Fight Against Cancer With the Celia Cruz Foundation and Holy Name Medical Center

Saturday, May 22, 2010 General News J E 4

This Saturday, May 22nd, at James Braddock Park in North Bergen, NJ

Walk Led by Award-Winning Journalist Geraldo Rivera

TEANECK, N.J., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in its 85-year history, Holy Name Medical Center has launched a fundraising initiative with its newly founded Hispanic Outreach Program called Walk for HOPE, a walkathon designed to promote cancer prevention awareness to Hispanic men and women. The walk will take place on May 22 at James Braddock Park in North Bergen, NJ and be led by award-winning journalist, Geraldo Rivera.

The mission of the "Walk for HOPE" Campaign, in partnership with the Celia Cruz Foundation, is to provide education to the Hispanic community by identifying common health risks such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer by providing early detection screenings, as well as preventing illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. The walk has adopted a goal of generating funds to facilitate breast and prostate cancer screening for underserved members of the community and provide referrals to specialty physicians.

Celia Cruz, one of the most accomplished and revered singers in history, founded the Celia Cruz Foundation. During her music career, she became an advocate for education and health issues in the Hispanic community. After losing her life to cancer in 2003, the foundation carries on her legacy by raising funds for the fight against cancer.

The Hispanic Outreach Program at Holy Name Medical Center was established to create awareness of Holy Name's commitment to assuring the highest level of healthcare to members of the Hispanic community, and, consistent with the Medical Center's ministry of healing, to provide services and programs in a culturally sensitive and caring environment.

For more information on the Walk for HOPE or on how you can become a walker or program sponsor, please visit

SOURCE Celia Cruz Foundation


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