Join MSG Varsity team on breast cancer walk

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Gregg Sarra Newsday Columnist Gregg Sarra

Gregg Sarra is Newsday's high school sports columnist and writer.

This is the fifth anniversary of the very first time I set out on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park.

It is an empowering experience. The popularity of the walk signifies that there is awareness in our community that breast cancer has no bias and can touch anyone. An even more frightening thought -- it comes without warning.

There is nothing more disturbing than to hear a young student-athlete tell of the heartache of a mother or grandmother battling the disease. Or worse, losing the battle.

The 3.5-mile walk is an uplifting experience good for the mind and body. The mind sees that we are not alone in this battle. The body gets a healthy workout.

The storylines are endless. The bottom line -- we need to find a cure. High school student-athletes have it figured out. There are Dig Pink volleyball tournaments, Kicks For Cancer soccer tournaments and Coaches vs. Cancer basketball tournaments. Educators turn athletic events into viable fundraisers and at the same time teach student-athletes the importance of giving back to the community.