100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc., in partnership with Crouse Hospital, invites the greater Syracuse community to join its members on June 2 at Thornden Park on Syracuse's University Hill for the Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness and Stroke Awareness. The event is open to the public, and registration and pledges can be submitted prior to or on the day of the walk. Registration will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m. There is a one-, two- and three-mile course, and the event concludes at 11 a.m.
|Participants from the 2011 Winston Gaskin Community
Walk for Wellness enjoyed great weather during the event,
held for the first time at Syracuse's Thornden Park.
As part of the annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival, the walk honors Winston Gaskin, an African-American Syracuse resident, pharmacist, Army veteran and community leader who passed away in 2009. Everyone young and old is encouraged to join the walk for their chosen distance, be it a mile or three. The first 100x participants will also receive a free T-shirt.
This year’s walk, the fourth annual, also is dedicated to raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke. 100 Black Men of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital have partnered for this cause because African Americans are twice as likely as any other race to suffer a stroke.
“We want the community to think F.A.S.T.,” says 100 Black Men of Syracuse co-founder Walter Eiland, who is event chair and a Crouse Hospital employee. “People need to notice symptoms in a person’s Face – does it droop?; Arms – does one arm drift down?; and Speech – is it garbled or confusing? Then waste no Time – call 911 immediately. Early detection is the best treatment for stroke to save lives and prevent disability.”