In the Community: Raising Funds, Hope and Heart Rates

The Step-by-Step Charitable Foundation raises funds to defeat all types of cancers, and you can see members of the Foundation sweat doing it. In its second year of partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, the group has worked to defeat cancer by raising funds through running competitions since 2002.

The Long Island-based nonprofit provides an in-depth training program for athletes of all skills. The goal is to participate in and finish at least one endurance race event. Step-by-Step runners committed to raising at least $750 for the Long Island Marathon or Long Island Half-Marathon, or $400 for the Long Island 10K. For the Ocean-to-Sound Relay Race in September, teams of eight runners will run six- to seven-mile legs between Jones Beach and Oyster Bay for a 50-mile total, with a minimum fund-raising goal of $250 each.

After giving to many different cancer organizations over the years, Step-by-Step decided to find one Long Island cancer organization to support annually, said Joe Bencivenga, Step-by-Step’s founder. “The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute was the clear winner in our search. Participation is increasing this year, and it’s fantastic to see so many Cancer Institute clinicians and others from the North Shore-LIJ Health System participate.”

Last year, participants raised $25,000 for the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s pediatric brain cancer research/advocacy efforts. In 2015, Step-by-Step is raising funds for the Cancer Institute’s gastrointestinal research and treatment programs. Gastrointestinal cancers can affect the stomach, esophagus, colon/rectum, pancreas and gallbladder.

“Step-by-Step’s relationship with us is so meaningful because it’s rare for an organization to put its full faith in a single partner for maximum impact,” said Ben Maltz, the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s director of corporate and foundation giving. “We’re incredibly grateful to them.”

Step-by-Step welcomes runners from all skill levels. Learn more at


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