Central Park is the place to be on Saturday, November 21 when the Irish community in New York will come together for the second annual Irish Pink Ribbon Walk, a 5km fundraising walk to support breast cancer research.

The event is the brainchild of well-known bar owner and hotelier Frank Dwyer and Brenda McGrath who works at Allied Management. Over the last four years, a group of walkers from Ireland have traveled to New York to take part in a number of walking challenges around the city to raise funds to support the research team at the National Breast Cancer Institute (NBCRI) based in the National University of Ireland, Galway.

A leader in the field of breast cancer research, the institute combines ethical research into the biology of breast cancer to help to find the causes and factors that influence breast cancer and therefore help to develop effective treatments and medications to combat it.

More than 2,500 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year. However, the charity does not receive any direct state funding so fundraising and sponsorship are key to its development. Events like Saturday’s walk can make a difference.

Dwyer became friendly with the Irish group and quickly realized it was a great opportunity to bring New York’s Irish onboard for a great cause. The people of New York, and especially the Irish community, are asked to join in the fun by raising some money or make a donation on the day for breast cancer research.

NBCRI Medical Director Professor Michael Kerin will lead the group this year along with a number of Irish dignitaries. To take part and help support breast cancer research you can register on the day or contact Dwyer at 212-262-9229, or McGrath at 212-956-0104. Email address is [email protected].

Registration for the walk will take place between 10-11 a.m. at McHale’s bar, 251 West 51st Street. There will be a complimentary buffet after the walk in McHale’s.