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Gloria Rocchio, second from left, President of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, presents a check for $50,000 to Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Vice Dean, Cancer Medicine, and the Joel Kenny Professor of Medicine, on Monday, May 19. The check represents proceeds raised from the 20th annual Walk for Beauty to benefit cancer research at Stony Brook University. At left and right are Chiara Luberto, PhD, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Stony Brook University, and Anat Biegon, PhD, Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Professor of Neurology at Stony Brook University, two cancer researchers whose projects will receive funds raised from the 2013 walk.

A collaboration between Stony Brook University and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the Walk for Beauty has raised more than $1.2 million for cancer research since its inception in 1994. Funds also help pay for wigs and prostheses for cancer patients. The event is an all-volunteer initiative with no administrative costs. All proceeds stay in the community to benefit cancer research at Stony Brook.