The fourth annual New York City Oral Cancer Awareness Walk, held on April 18, 2009, was organized by students from the NYUCD chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) and from other local chapters, and by NYU dental hygiene and nursing students, in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, NYU, Columbia University, and Renaissance Health Care Network. Hundreds of participants came out to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem to raise awareness of a disease that kills over 7,000 American men and women each year.
In addition to more than 700 walkers and runners, the event drew several prominent statewide politicians, including New York State Assembly Member, Herman (Denny) Farrell, and New York State Senator Bill Perkins, and featured musical performances by WBLS radio and a local gospel choir. Most importantly, the event raised nearly $30,000 to help promote early detection and treatment of oral cancer.
Special thanks go to Dr. Ross Kerr, Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, who serves as the official advisor to the student organizers.