Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Walk in the Park

Today marked my last appearance before heading to Albany for the Miss New York Pageant. I traveled to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey to participate in the Walk in the Park event. Celebrating its third year in existence, a Walk in the Park is a unique walk event that takes place at eleven Six Flag Theme Parks. It celebrates the courage of children living with all forms of cancer while honoring the strength of their families. All proceeds from the event benefit Cure Kids Cancer and supports the local Children's Miracle Network hospital. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will be benefiting from today's event. It is New Jersey's largest free-standing, state-designated, acute care children's hospital. BMSCH consistently ranks in the top one percent of all children's hospitals nationwide. Each Walk in the Park honors a a child who has survived cancer as their Walk Ambassador. Our walk Ambassador was Lilly, an eleven year old girl who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma- a rare childhood cancer that strikes only 250 children each year involving a tumor on her left femur. She had limb salvage surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which involved implanting a titanium rod in her leg. She received her chemotherapy at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital. She is now finishing up her treatment and enjoys swimming, school, and being cancer free. Children, like Lilly, prove to be an inspiration to everyone with their positive attitudes and uplifting spirits.

Mr. G, weather man for Pix11 News and celebrity spokeperson

Meghan Hurley, fellow Wagner College Dance Team member

My buddy Bugs Bunny

The whole Six Flags gang

On June 27th, the Walk in the Park event will take place at The Great Escape Park in Lake George, NY. All proceeds will support the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and honor Walk Ambassador Myles. I will be unable to attend since it is the day after the pageant. However, if you can make it out to Lake George please participate in this event.