It's time to put your feet where your heart is.
Several local charities are holding outdoor walks this fall around Long Island to raise money for an array of causes - and they need your help.
You can sign up and collect donations by yourself or get your friends, relatives or co-workers together and step up and walk as a team.
Whether you want to help stamp out breast cancer or some other medical condition, or prevent suicide, you can lace up your walking shoes, get outdoors for a few hours and do your part.
2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: Oct. 18 at Jones Beach State Park (Field 5), 8-11 a.m. registration and rolling start, 631-300-3166, cancer.org/stridesonline. No fee or minimum donation.
ORGANIZER: American Cancer Society
One of the largest charity walks on Long Island, it drew 50,000 walkers and raised $3 million last year. Individuals of all ages participate in a 5-mile, round-trip, noncompetitive walk on the Jones Beach boardwalk. In its 16th year on Long Island, the event honors survivors of breast cancer, remembers those who succumbed to the disease and raises money and awareness for research, patient services and advocacy efforts. No smoking, dogs or balloons are permitted.
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Take a 5K walk through the gardens to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's national and local efforts in research, education, prevention and outreach programs. The day also will offer refreshments, music, face-painting, yoga and resource tables with information from local counseling centers and mental health organizations.
ORGANIZER: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
A 1.5-mile walk through downtown Riverhead and the Peconic River. Walkers must raise at least $100 per person to participate. Proceeds help fund research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses, educational materials and local program. Participation entitles walkers to free admission that evening to Atlantis Marine World.
Step Out Walk for Diabetes: 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Nassau Community College in Garden City (8:30 a.m. check-in), 631-348-0422, ext. 3410, diabetes.org/stepout. No registration fee, donations welcome.
ORGANIZER American Diabetes Association, Long Island chapter
All ages are invited to participate in a 5K walk/run to heighten awareness about Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes and raise money for diabetes prevention and management. The day also includes entertainment, music and food.
5th annual Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Walk: 1:15 p.m. Oct. 11 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow (registration starts at noon), 800-929-4040, foodallergywalk.org. No registration fee, donations welcome.
ORGANIZER: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
This 3-mile walk will raise money for education and research related to food allergies. The day also will include a deejay, carnival booths, inflatables, vendors and face-painting.
ORGANIZER: Lupus Alliance of America, Long Island/Queens affiliate
To raise money for patient-oriented education programs and services and awareness about lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that makes the body attack itself. Live music, entertainment and free breakfast and lunch.
Alexander's Angels 3rd Long Island Buddy Walk: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Nassau Community College, Garden City, 516-361-7263, alexandersangels.org. $15 suggested donation ($5 ages 5-12)
ORGANIZER: Alexander's Angels, a Jericho-based group of families and friends of a child born with Down syndrome
Actor Chris Burke, who has Down syndrome and is best known for his role as Corky Thacher in the ABC's "Life Goes On," will lead the 1-mile walk to educate people about the condition. He'll pose for photos and sign autographs before the walk and sing with his band afterward with a variety of other post-walk entertainment. Net proceeds will be split equally among four Down syndrome-related organizations.
Light the Night Walk: 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Citibank Park, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip (5:30 p.m. check-in; fireworks post-walk), 631-752-8500, lightthenight.org/li. No minimum donation.
ORGANIZER The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
A 1.5-mile walk through the community to help people with blood cancers.
Strides for Stripes Zebra Walk: 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516-781-7814, carcinoidawareness.org. $20 registration fee (includes T-shirt, energy bar and water bottle). Free for ages 12 and younger. Deadline: Oct. 20).
ORGANIZER: Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network
For Cancer Awareness Month, the network is holding its first 5K walk in the park to raise money for programs for patients with carcinoid cancer, which grows in hormone-producing cells and affects some 125,000 people in the United States. Proceeds go toward patient programs, including a hotline, conferences and Webinars.