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Legislator Lafazan Honors Gold Ribbon Riders Teen Initiative For Raising $227,000 In Fight Against Cancer

Photo courtesy of The Office of Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan

Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan (D – Woodbury) congratulated participants in the Syosset-based Gold Ribbon Riders Teen Initiative for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support children who are battling cancer.

The Gold Ribbon Riders were founded in 2018 by Jamie and Jonathan Weiss to support pediatric cancer research in honor of their daughter Sawyer, a neuroblastoma survivor who was diagnosed at 10 months old.  Their mission is to unite their friends, neighbors, family members, and community behind a mission dedicated to supporting children who are battling cancer. They launched the Teen Initiative in 2020 to empower young adults to fundraise in ways that are relevant to them and inspire others to join the cause.

During closing ceremonies for the Teen Initiative that were held on Sunday, Oct. 2, Legislator Lafazan presented Nassau County Legislature Citations in recognition of their efforts, which raised $227,392 for the cause during the 2021-22 season.

“We are thankful to the Gold Ribbon Riders for all they do to empower Nassau County’s youth as part of their charitable mission,” Legislator Lafazan said. “I commend this outstanding team of young philanthropists for their tremendous contributions toward the fight against cancer in Nassau County and around the world.”

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