Children turned out en masse for the Dyker Heights Athletic Associations sixth annual childrens marathon to raise funds for cancer research, held on Saturday, June 9.
This year, the theme of the event organized in conjunction with the American Cancer Society — was Strike Out Breast Cancer, to honor all those women who have lost their lives to the disease, and those who have struggled to survive.
Whether it affects a sister, a grandmother, an aunt or friend it seems to be all around us, a statement on DHAAswebsite read. [Its a] disease that hits close to home and seems to affect every family in some way.
The race started at 9 a.m. along 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights. There were 250 children from St. Bernadette School, and surrounding neighborhoods participating, explained Dominick Sarta, co-president of the 13th Avenue Merchants Association.
Sarta said that the marathon is run every year, and that this has been their fourth time sponsoring it.
Theyre amazing. Its a pleasure to help them out, he exclaimed.
The boys and girls aged five through 16 wore different color tee shirts and wrist bands.
Each child received sponsorship for the run, and was asked to raise $40 in pledges in order to participate in the marathon.