The American Cancer Society Making Strides walk returns with COVID-19 restrictions

The committee and supporters of HEROC with cancer survivors Patricia Jordon-Langford and Seeka Woodson (center).
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will return to its Cancer Aware Program Making Strides in Central Park, on Oct. 17, 2021, with all protocols in place, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program will begin at 8 am and close at 11 am at the Naumburg Bandshell, entrance at West 66th Street and Central Park West. There will be rolling starts throughout the entire morning.

All team captains are asked to sign in their team for a time slot, to walk. Participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before the allotted start time.

Registration is all online in 2021! If persons have not signed up on the website by event day, there will be ample signage with QR codes to sign up on your mobile device, according to the ACS.

The Donation Stationtent will be set up at Mineral Springs (next to Le Pain Quotidien) to receive any cash donations.

Unless there is no other option, all donations should be made via the organization’s website or app.  Check donations on the app, or Text ACS APP to 877-695-0095 to download.

The event will look different this year. However, the statement says, “our passion and commitment to fight cancer is unchanged. The health and safety of all our guests and participants is our number one goal. Please see below for important details which will continue to be updated based on our unique needs and review the COVID-19 waver.”

“If you are feeling sick or have been recently exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home. People who have underlying health conditions or taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider before attending large gatherings,” said the ACS.

According to the organization the CDC has identified the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. “If you have one or more of these symptoms on the day of the event, please stay home. If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home unless you receive a negative test result before the event.”

“The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. Some people infected with these viruses get severely ill, become hospitalized or die. Event attendees acknowledge the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, assume all such risk, and the American Cancer Society, Inc., shall not be held liable,” said the ACS. 

Face covers/masks are strongly recommended for unvaccinated attendees ages 2 years and older.

“Help to protect our community. Please get vaccinated or a negative COVID test before attending this event if you are not vaccinated. Please report by emailing [email protected] if you later contract COVID-19 and believe you could have received or spread the virus at the event.”

To learn more about the Making Strides of Central Park or for other information, call toll free at 1-800-227-2345. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Participants can also contact their local American Cancer Society representative using the contact information provided below Monday through Friday during standard business hours.

[email protected]

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