Making Strides of Central Park

Gabriela V. Legaspi

Why I am Making Strides

On June 8, 2012, I watched my mom lose her battle to breast cancer. My mom, Gabriela, had been diagnosed a little less than a year before. In these months, I saw her undergo excruciating cancer treatments without success. I watched as she fought courageously and gracefully. In that year, she remained the dedicated, driven, and caring mom she had always been. I’d tell her every detail of my school day knowing it would be welcomed by a smile. She spent the same endless hours helping me with my homework, she attended every one of my ballet recitals, and she held me as I cried to her about her own, debilitating condition. When she first learned about her diagnosis, my family received an outpour of support. I heard continuous stories of success and survival; I began to believe, and hope for, the assumption that breast cancer is curable. But there is no cure, and every day, other kids like me continue to lose their mothers to this horrible disease.

When I lost my mom, my life was changed permanently. At the young age of twelve, suddenly, nothing made sense. The woman who loved me unconditionally, who took care of me, and who taught me everything I knew, was suddenly gone. As I enter my last year of high school and contemplate about my experiences, I see my mother in every one of them. If it were not for my mother, I would not be the woman I am today. My mother taught me to have confidence in myself and believe that I can be the best possible version of myself. She taught me to embrace my mexican identity and speak up for the many voices that aren’t heard. She may no longer be physically present, but her spirit guides me everyday. I have spent the last six years putting together the pieces of my life that were shattered by her loss. In part of this process, I have spent time trying to figure out how I can continue the legacy of my mother - how I can honor her and continue to spread the love and compassion that she gave me every day.

Here, American Cancer Society has taken on an enormous role. My sister began fundraising in 2011 while my mom was undergoing chemotherapy. She was not able to attend the walk, but we walked proudly on her behalf in bright pink. We raised over $4,000 and I couldn’t believe what we had accomplished. The next year, she raised $46,000, and I never imagined I could raise an amount close to that number. My siblings and I have spent the last five years raising money; in these last five years, we have raised over $275,000. We will never get our mom back, but we can save others from having to experience what we have experienced. By sharing my story, I’ve received an indescribable amount of support. This walk has been a part of my life for the past five years, a moment of true happiness and joy that I look forward to and am able to share annually with friends and family. Every year at Spence, we dedicate all of October to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We plan bake sales, tag days and coin wars, all to increase fundraising as much as we possibly can. This is my last year fundraising before I go to college, and I hope to make it bigger than it has ever been. I may not get my mom back, but I most certainly will make her proud. And so, I walk to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer. I walk because as a kid, I had to watch the woman I loved most in the world lose her battle to breast cancer. I walk because, despite the support of my wonderful friends and family, I grew up without a mom. I walk because I still think "what if…"

I walk in honor of my mother, with the knowledge that every dollar I raise will impact somebody's life. I walk because I know that my friends, my family, and every single person who has supported the Making Strides campaign is making a difference. I believe that one day breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone's life, it will never steal another mother, daughter, or sister. Making Strides is not only an opportunity to fight back, but to carry on the legacy that my mom left behind; to remember Gabriela Legaspi and all of the love that she brought to my life. It is a way to ensure that there will be more birthdays, there will be more survival stories, and above all, there will be hope. That’s why I am walking.

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Gold Pacesetter Isabela Legaspi $39,112.00
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We’ve raised $39,412
Our Goal $75,000.00
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Central Park
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why We Support
American Cancer Society by Making Strides

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  1. Ada Carlston 
  2. Alexandra Lebenthal$50
  3. Alfonso Alanis$300
  4. Alfonso Alanis 
  5. Aliina Hopkins$50
  6. Amanda Blitstein 
  7. America Gonzalez 
  8. Amy and Jim Denton 
  9. Amy M Bogardus$50
  10. Ana Silva 
  11. Andoni 
  12. Andrew Aronson 
  13. Angela Hatfield and Charles Kaiser$200
  14. Annabella Cacioppo's Family$500
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  46. Anonymous$35
  47. Anonymous$20
  48. Anonymous$10
  49. Ashley and Jeffrey McDermott$5,000
  50. Audrey McDermott 
  51. Bates Crawford 
  52. Ben Maxwell 
  53. Benjamin Challenge Bonus$600
  54. Benjamin Schliemann 
  55. Blumberg Family 
  56. Carlos y Marisa Hernandez$100
  57. Carol Anne Riddell & John Partilla$50
  58. Caroline Hopkins 
  59. Carrie$50
  60. Ceci y Felipe$200
  61. Charlotte Diamond 
  62. Cheryl Weisberg 
  63. Chloe Harting 
  64. Chrissy Grambas$25
  65. Cindy Gavin$100
  66. Claire$35
  67. Colette Rohatyn$50
  68. Daniel Ostrove 
  69. Daniela Finlay 
  70. Danielle Passno 
  71. Edward Kramer$50
  72. Electra Frelinghuysen 
  73. Elena Rocha 
  74. Elisabeth Schlossel 
  75. Ellen Zweig-Phillips$180
  76. Elodie Freymann 
  77. Elsie Leon 
  78. Emi Silverstein and family$100
  79. Espinosa-Andersen 
  80. Eugenia Zobel de Ayala$35
  81. Evan Greene 
  82. Fernandez Family$300
  83. Frances Lodge 
  84. Frances Trousdale 
  85. Freddie Peterson$100
  86. Friends of Isa 
  87. Friends of Isa 
  88. Gerardo Mato 
  89. Grace Hopkins$25
  90. Haley Murphy 
  91. Helena Lintel$15
  92. Jana Shakhashir 
  93. Jeanine Borthwick 
  94. Jeremy Kramer$500
  95. Jeronimo Del Villar$100
  96. Jorge Alonso$100
  97. Juan Pablo Del Valle$1,000
  98. Katherine Shifke 
  99. Kevin Angelis$100
  100. Leopoldo E Burillo$100
  101. Leslie and Michael Petrick$5,000
  102. Lori Bosses 
  103. Lucy Nuttall 
  104. Maddie Aptman 
  105. Marco Navarro 
  106. Mark Limperis 
  107. Mary Julia Koch 
  108. Max August 
  109. Maya Agarwal 
  110. Meagan Kane 
  111. Michael Fitzgerald$200
  112. Mira Schildkraut$35
  113. Miriam Suarez 
  114. Mrs. Jennifer K Hale 
  115. Mrs. Kelly A Legaspi 
  116. Nathan Lee 
  117. Neus Family$100
  118. Nour Mahdjoub$10
  119. Olivia Kramer$30
  120. Russell Mindich 
  121. Sandra Weathers Smith 
  122. Serena Miniter 
  123. Shawn Kim 
  124. Shelby Goldberg$35
  125. Shethan K. 
  126. Sophia Nunn 
  127. Sophie Sitinas 
  128. Sukey Novogratz$5,000
  129. Susan Godvin$250
  130. Susan Helmrich$55
  131. Thalia Koffler 
  132. The Chemtob Family 
  133. The Gonzalez de Cosio Family 
  134. The Lutnick Family$2,500
  135. The Shifke Family$500
  136. The Topper-Kroog family 
  137. the wiener family$500
  138. Trinity Polk$500
  139. Vicente Perez$500
  140. Will Hay 
  141. Will Truesdell 
  142. Zeinab Ramos$200
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How You're Helping
Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

invested in breast
cancer grants

$ 74 million

patient service
requests fulfilled

75 thousand

one-to-one support
services provided to
breast cancer patients

11 thousand
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Welcome to our Team Page. We’ve formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It’s providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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