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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    October is most-commonly associated with the changing of the leaves, comfy sweaters and a night dedicated to jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. For many men and women, however, October means so much more--it represents a month of hope.

    Formally created in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month inspires millions of cancer survivors, family members and friends across the globe to get together to increase awareness and raise funds for the treatment, prevention and cure of breast cancer. With overwhelming support from the local community, Houlihan Lawrence raised $50,000 for the cause in 2011.

    This year our company is sponsoring three major walks in the Hudson Valley. Help us honor the memory of those who lost their lives to breast cancer and support those who have valiantly fought or are fighting the disease--and remember, Think Pink throughout October.

    Miles of Hope - Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, the Community Walk for Breast Cancer will take place at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley. Miles of Hope is a nonprofit charity that raises funds for support services and outreach for for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. This year's Walk for Hope honoree is Judy Phillips, a breast and ovarian cancer survivor and organization supporter.

    2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer2012 Making Strides of Westchester NY - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer celebrates its 20th Birthday this year. Westchester will celebrate with a walk at Manhattanville College on Oct. 21 starting at 9 a.m. To date, the chapter has already raised more than $237,000 with 24 days left to donate.

    Support-A-Walk - On Sunday, Oct. 7, Support Connection will host its 18th annual Support-A-Walk at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. For the past 16 years, Support Connection has offered free, confidential support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Pre-Walk activities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk itself commences at 10 a.m.