The Great New York State Fair Partners with Onondaga County, Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund on New Cancer Fundraiser

Effort Builds on State’s Work to Fight Breast Cancer, Increase Access to Lifesaving Screenings

People attending the 2018 Great New York State Fair will have an opportunity to help make the world a little cleaner and give a boost to breast cancer research. The Fair, Onondaga County and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY announce “Laurence Segal’s Cans For Cancer,” an effort to help fund breast cancer research at Upstate Medical University through the recycling of returnable cans.

This summer, fairgoers and concertgoers at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview will be able to drop returnable cans into large containers, colored bright pink, the color that is the symbol of breast cancer awareness. During the Fair, approximately 300 volunteers from the Fund, organized by Segal, will scour other waste cans for returnables thrown into the garbage in error. Fairgoers are also asked to bring one can per person to be deposited in a bright pink recycling container donated by Syracuse Haulers outside the Science and Industry Building. Tomra Recycling Network will give the Fund six cents for each returnable. The Fund will then provide grants to Upstate for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. The goal: 1 million cans, which would yield $60,000 for research.

“Onondaga County is pleased to have the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview be involved in this worthy effort. It’s good for Onondaga Lake, our parks and for research that can save lives. I urge our concertgoers this year to do their part to fight breast cancer,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

“So many lives have been affected by breast cancer. We know fans of the Fair will support this effort and we are proud to be a part of it. Beyond that, our hope is that fairgoers will help make the grounds a little greener by making sure they dispose of their returnable cans in the bright pink bins and their recyclables and garbage in the proper receptacles,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director.

“Together, we will find a cure,” said Daniel Baldwin of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY.

“Upstate Medical University, specifically the Upstate Cancer Center's great partnership with the Baldwin Fund continues now with the new Cans for Cancer initiative. The Baldwins have been such generous supporters of Upstate by funding more than 60 grants to our breast cancer researchers over the years, totaling more than $3 million.  The Cans for Cancer initiative is another creative way to fundraise for Upstate and to someday have a world without breast cancer," said Linda Veit, assistant vice president for Community Relations, Upstate Medical University.

The “Cans for Cancer” fundraiser at the New York State Fair builds on the State’s efforts to increase early detection of breast cancer through improved access to screenings.  Under Governor Cuomo, New York State is taking the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening to help more women gain access to the health care and services they need and deserve. This year, legislation was passed that expands screening hours at hospitals and clinics, removes insurance barriers, and offers paid leave for screenings to all public employees.


About the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY 

The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc., supports programming as well as new and established researchers investigating the causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. This research will include—but not be limited to—studies of the genetic, molecular, cellular and environmental factors involved in the development and progression of breast cancer; application of the knowledge thus gained to educate medical professionals and increase public awareness for the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer; and studies of the outcomes of breast cancer detection and treatment on the patient, their families and society.


About the New York State Fair

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

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