Earlier this week, the New York State Senate passed a resolution which declared this month as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York. Chronic viral hepatitis due to Hepatitis C has been a disease that has little or no public awareness due to its nature as being largely asymptomatic until irreversible liver damage has occurred. Hepatitis C currently infects nearly four million Americans, including an estimated 158,000 New Yorkers, and there are about 30,000 new cases and approximately 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.
On Sunday, May 5th, the 2013 Greece MS Walk was held, beginning at Greece Olympia High School. Funds raised give hope to the more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York, and help support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The walk has taken place since 1988 and has raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.
Tuesday morning, Alternatives for Battered Women held their 4th Annual Celebration of Hope. ABW exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic violence. For more information on the great work ABW does in our community every day, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.
This Saturday, I joined WDKX Radio and the Rochcester Jamaican Organization at the 33rd Annual Community Health Fair. Witih such a great turnout, I want to thank all the volunteers and everyone who attended!
On Friday night, I joined students from Gates Chili High School and the Gates Chili community at their annual Relay for Life Event. This was a great event that brought so many people together to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. Many thanks to the students and facility that helped plan and coordinate this day.
I joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA's campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive. For more information visit www.nblca.org.
It was great joining the American Cancer Society at their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast this morning. This is a great event that helps raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.
My sincere thanks to the New York Chiropractic Council for giving me the 2014 Chiropractic for Optimal Health Award. I was pleased to join them for their first ever Optimal Health Experience and Community Celebration at the Pieters Family Life Center over the weekend.
I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!