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Riverhead – The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is holding the 25th 

Anniversary “5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness” on Sunday, September 24. The fundraiser takes place at the Riverhead location of Tanger Outlet Center, which sponsors the event. Participants can pre-register on the NFBHC website or register from 7:30-8:45 AM that morning. The walk begins at 9 AM.

The registration fee to participate in the 5K Walk is $30 if paid by September 16 and $35 if paid after that date or on the day of the event. The first 300 entrants will receive a gift bag. 

Walkers are encouraged to gather pledges of support from friends, family and

colleagues. Top fundraising awards will be given in the following categories: Young Adult (ages 13-19 years old), Adult, Breast Cancer Survivor and Business/Team. Team captains must register team members, send in names and registration fees by September 9, and submit pledge money on the morning of the event. 


The opening ceremony starts at 8:45 AM with greetings from Bernadette Tuthill,

Vice President of NFBHC. She is Co-Chair of the event along with NFBHC Secretary Annie Baulch. Until then, registrants can enjoy light breakfast fare that includes coffee and tea with muffins, granola bars and fruit. There will also be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for dozens of beautiful prizes donated by Tanger Outlet stores. 


“The annual 5K walk at Tanger Outlets brings together breast cancer patients,

 survivors and thrivers, community members, elected officials and leaders in the breast cancer community. Tanger has partnered with us on the walk for the past 24 years and secures numerous gift baskets and other high-end items for the raffle. Proceeds from the walk help pay for the free services and grants we offer to breast cancer patients,” said NFBHC President Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski. 

This year’s top sponsors or “Pink Sneaker Sponsors” are: Bernadette Tuthill, Esq., partner of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo, LLPConnie Hayes; Joseph Duva, MD; M&T Bank; natera and Riverhead Central Faculty Association. The Simmons Point Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Peconic Bay Medical Center Northwell Health, Riverhead Building Supply and the Riverhead Central Faculty Association are “Kilometer Sponsors”; and Wendy’s Deli is a “NFBHC T-Shirt Sponsor”. 

Although it is possible to sign up that day for the race, registration in advance is

recommended. To obtain more information, call 631-208-8889, e-mail [email protected] or visit, where you can register online.


Currently led by Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski, with an all-volunteer board, the non-profit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as the Helping Hand grants. NFBHC also has a Stage IV Fund that provides additional grants to metastatic patients and supports local Stage IV research. Proceeds from this event will allow the group to continue to provide free services such as gentle yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and “Strength for Life” classes to breast-cancer patients and survivors. 


For more information about the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the

services that the organization provides to breast-cancer patients and survivors who reside in the North Fork area, visit Ann Cotton-DeGrasse and the late Antonio DeGrasse founded the North Fork Breast Health Coalition with the help of Riverhead Rotary in 1998.