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Families Walk for Hope to Raise Funds for Fortunato Breast Health Center

A “Pink Your Pooch” dog costume contest and family friendly events highlight this year’s Families Walk for Hope on Saturday, May 3 at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital. The annual five-mile walk through Port Jefferson and Belle Terre raises funds for the Fortunato Breast Health Center.

Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their supporters take part each year in the Walk, which steps off at 9 am from the hospital’s upper parking lot on Belle Terre Road. Participants can sign up as an individual or form a team with family, friends, co-workers or schoolmates. Those who can’t take part in the Walk can support those who do by donating funds to an individual or team.

This year’s new “Pink Your Pooch" pet costume contest will award prizes to "Best Dressed Owner & Pet" and "Prettiest In Pink." Photos will be posted on Mather Hospital’s Facebook page for a community vote. Also new this year are family fun activities including face painting, temporary tattoos and balloon sculpting. All registered walkers the day of the event will receive a Tanger Outlet coupon book.

The Fortunato Breast Health Center provides state-of-the-art breast healthcare in surroundings that offer a sense of comfort, privacy and the assurance that each patient’s individual needs will be met. Trained healthcare professionals offer mammograms and physical examinations, expert follow-up care, education for patients, families and the community, and breast cancer support groups. 

The Center is one of only four on Long island to have earned a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous review of their performance.

Register for the Walk at or call 631-476-2723 for more information. Sign up before April 15 and take advantage of the $20 early bird registration fee. Registration at the Walk begins at 8 am.