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[November 8, 2010]  

SUNY Downstate Team Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

October 17 is being called "Super Sunday" because of the record number of supporters who turned out for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. SUNY Downstate Medical Center was the local flagship sponsor of the walk held in Brooklyn.

More than 200 members of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, with their families and friends, marched under the Downstate banner in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. They were greeted by Borough President Marty Markowitz and other local supporters.

Downstate has been a flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the past four years. Its University Hospital of Brooklyn has been recognized by the American Cancer Society as the top fund-raising hospital in Brooklyn for three years in a row. So far this year, the Downstate Team has raised over $23,000 and aims to reach its goal of $30,000 by year’s end. In the past decade, the American Cancer Society has supported basic science research at SUNY Downstate in the amount of almost $1.5 million.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.