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USATF NJ Feature

USATF-NJ Member Mark Goldstein Strides to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

    Mark is a member of "Honorary Team New Balance" created by New Balance Athletic Shoe Compnay.  Nationally, it is made up of three breast cancer "survivors" (2 women and 1 man - Mark) who participate in several Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" races throughout the country.  He has paticipated in 19 races in 1999, 15 races in 2000 and thus far 13 races in 2001.  his total number of races participated in since 1992 is about 105.  
    Mark was diagnosed with node negative, stage 1 breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy in May of 1988.  Followed by chemotherapy and radiation ending in January of 1989 and then was on tamoxifen for about two years.  Mark rejects the term "survivor" to describe his situation.  He feels the phrase is too benign, not aggressive enough to describe those who are fighting the disease and/or maintaining an active life style. He is quoted as saying "I have been given an opportunity!"  Mark's overall objective is to heighten awareness of breast cancer issues.  More specifically he calls for the need for an expeditious identification of causes and cures and the dispelling of the misconception that breast cancer is for "women only."  He says "Men should not die from breast cancer out of ignorance."
    He is a member of several support groups on a face-to-face, telephone and internet basis, including "Cancer Hope Network", "NEA Survivors Network", "SHARE", St. Baranbas Hospital and "Cancer Support Services."  More on his story can be found on the www.komen.org website under "Celebrating Survivors." 
    If you would like to join the fight against Breast Cancer, the next local "Race for the Cure" will be on October 28th in Princeton, NJ at the Bristol Meyers Squibb Campus, for more information call 609-252-2008.


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