2011-09-28 / Features

Onorato, SHAREing & CAREing Hold Cancer Run/Walk


(L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, M.C. Joseph Risi, Esq., former state Senator George Onorato, his wife Athena Onorato, SHAREing & CAREing President/Founder Anna Kril, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. & Variety Boys & Girls Club board member Tom Nowierski. 
Photos Jason D. Antos (L. to r.); State Senator Michael Gianaris, M.C. Joseph Risi, Esq., former state Senator George Onorato, his wife Athena Onorato, SHAREing & CAREing President/Founder Anna Kril, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. & Variety Boys & Girls Club board member Tom Nowierski. Photos Jason D. Antos Under an early morning sky on September 25, local politicians and community organizers joined area residents at the Astoria Park track for the Senator George Onorato and SHAREing & CAREing Run/Walk To Fight Cancer.

More than 200 persons participated in the run/walk.

Present at the event was former state Senator George Onorato and his wife Athena, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., state Senator Mike Gianaris, SHAREing & CAREing President/Founder Anna Kril and Committee members Pat Babor, Tom Nowierski, Linda Perno and Carolyn Scarano. Also present were Irene Stathatos, chief of staff to Gianaris, Loren Amor representing Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, state Committeewoman Laura Jean Hawkins, Quontic Bank Vice-President Michael Serao, Theodore Kasapis, Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian and Variety Boys & Girls Club of Astoria Executive Director Terence Hughes.


Participants in the Senator George Onorato/SHAREing & CAREing Run/Walk To Fight Cancer event. Participants in the Senator George Onorato/SHAREing & CAREing Run/Walk To Fight Cancer event. “This race and organization would never have been possible without George Onorato,” Kril said. “He has been the wind beneath our wings.”

Since its founding in 1994, SHAREing & CAREing, as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families, has sought to improve medical services to women throughout the five boroughs through early detection, treatment and information about living with the effects of breast cancer, regardless of economic stratum. SHAREing & CAREing helps people from high school age to senior citizens through activities that include individual advocacy and case management, referrals, essential services, support groups, educational forums, stress reduction workshops and pharmaceutical assistance.

“One day they will find a vaccine for this awful illness,” Onorato said. “I hope that I am here to celebrate with you.”

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