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North Salem Teacher Walks 40 Miles To End Breast Cancer

Team 'Saving Our Sisters' (from left) Barbara Paesano, Emily MacKenzie and Barbara Bigler will walk in May to end breast cancer. Not pictured: Lea Swanson.
Team 'Saving Our Sisters' (from left) Barbara Paesano, Emily MacKenzie and Barbara Bigler will walk in May to end breast cancer. Not pictured: Lea Swanson. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Barbara Paesano

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem Middle School teacher Barbara Paesano has been training like a pro to prepare for a 40-mile walk she is undertaking to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a “marathon-and-a-half,” will take place May 18 and 19. Tens of thousands of men and women have done the walk over the past 10 years, according to Carol Kurzig of the Avon Foundation for Women. Each year the number of entrants increases, she said.

Each team member is required to raise $1,800. Paesano will be walking in a four-person team, which will also include Emily MacKenzie, Lea Swanson and Barbara Bigler, so their team goal is $7,200.

So far, Paesano, a 14-year survivor of breast cancer, has raised nearly half of her personal goal sum. This will be Paesano’s fourth year in the marathon.

If you would like to support Paesano and her team in their effort to beat cancer, a tax-deductible donation can be made online .

Donations can also be mailed directly to Barbara Paesano, 11 Rockledge Drive, Brewster, NY 10509.

For more information about the walk, visit the Avon Walk website .

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