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Care to Walk/Run 2014 is dedicated to two incredible women who recently lost their battle with breast cancer: Izona Bowling was a dedicated founding member of Care to Walk/Run; and Marie Benevento was a staunch supporter who attended our event each year until her passing. Both are truly missed.


The Care to Walk/Run North Brunswick is an annual 5K event first held in 1999 to honor cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battles with the disease, and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Founded in 1998 by a group of women in North Brunswick, New Jersey who had personally dealt with breast and/or ovarian cancer, Care to Walk/Run has raised over $250,000 in support of cancer awareness, with proceeds going to The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

This year’s Walk/Run will be held on Sunday, October 27 at the NBTHS Football Field. On-site registration and check-in starts at 8:00 am, with the main event set to begin at 9:00 am.

Find out more or register.



By Sherrye Hawkins, Care to Walk/Run Board Member

Izona LaJune Bowling, usually referred to as June, was born June 5, 1934 in Sumter, Georgia. She went home to be with the Lord on November 5, 2013. After growing up and graduating from Sumter High School, she relocated to New Jersey where she married Ernest M. Bowling. They parented three children. June first worked at Bonds Clothing in New Brunswick, New Jersey for approximately 10 years. She was then employed by Lockheed Electronics where she was the first African American Shop Steward for the Union. June had a very prosperous career as an engineer and retired from Lockheed in 1996. For the next 12 years, June worked as a School Crossing Guard for North Brunswick Township. June was very active at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. She served on the Pastor's Aide Committee, The Hospitality Committee, and The Women's Auxiliary.


By Virginia Goitiandia, Care to Walk/Run Founding Member

To our mom, nothing was more important than her family. Her children, grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, and cousins were all so special to her. Next to family was her faith.
Having lost many family members to cancer, raising money for cancer research and awareness was very important to her.

Marie and her husband Al spent many years as members of the Staten Island Leukemia Association. 16 years ago when Care To Walk was established, she became a supporter of this cause. Mom loved coming to the walk, talking with everyone, walking the course, and buying raffles tickets for her grandchildren, and then hoping more than them that they would each win a prize. For her, the prize was being able to share this event with them.

Twelve years ago she had her first fight with breast cancer; she won. Two years ago it returned. This time the cancer won.

In October of 2013 at the age of 84 we lost our Mom to her fight with breast cancer. We would like to thank Care To Walk/Run for dedicating this year's walk to her. We can think of no better way to honor her.

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