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Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness and Stroke Awareness


Juneteenth 2012 newsCrouse Hospital, in partnership with 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc., invites the community to join in the Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness and Stroke Awareness Saturday, June 2 at Thornden Park on Syracuse’s University Hill. 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. for the one, two and three mile walk, which concludes at 11 a.m.

Walk pledges are requested, but not required. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Syracuse Juneteenth Festival. For more information contact Walter Eiland at 315/395-8845 or


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 100 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. Crouse Hospital and 100 Black Men of Syracuse 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 Walter Eiland, 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.”

Walk brochure and registration form.

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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