Help cure cancer on National Ice Cream Day

Many local ice cream stores will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 17, by donating 10% of their sales to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The money from the Help Lick Cancer event will go to “support programs for research, education, advocacy and patient service for patients and their families,” according to a statement from the ACS.

The event was first held three years ago, according to Robert Ilinskas, Senior Director of Development at ACS. In years past, all locations were in Oneida County, but this year they share a wide variety of ice cream parlors. It will now feature stores from Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, and Erie counties.

According to Elinskas, Help Lick Cancer is popular because of the ease of sharing.

“Most people like ice cream. It’s a great opportunity because it’s easy to support.” “You simply go and buy ice cream as usual, and your money goes to support those in a difficult situation.”

Rick Stevens, owner of Zem’s Ice Cream, 124 W Hickory St. In Canastota, with Elinskas feelings.

“The program is useful because everyone loves ice cream and people can come in and enjoy what they love and support a good cause along the way,” he said.

Stevens, who has had and outgrown prostate cancer, said the cause of ACS was near and dear to him.

“I think we should all do our part to help find a cure for the disease,” he said. “The event is important because it raises awareness for a good cause, which is something we strive to make any chance we get.”

Claudia Rizzo, co-owner of What the Scoop?, 604 Main St. At Sylvan Beach, she has a personal connection to the case.

“We are happy to participate in this fight because so many people have had cancer in one way or another. As a family we have personally had cancer and it affects our lives,” Rizzo said.

Both Stevens and Rizzo said this is the first year their stores have participated in Help Lick Cancer, and both said they plan to continue working with ACS in the future.

On the ACS side of things, Elinskas also seemed enthusiastic about the event’s future prospects.

“We love it because it’s such a fun way to raise funds and National Ice Cream Day is the perfect time to work with these seasonal kiosks every year,” he said. “This event simultaneously helps promote local business and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.”

Local Sharing Pavilions Include:

  • Kohnides ice cream, Oneida;
  • Kayuta Drive In, Remsen;
  • What’s the Scoop?, Sylvan Beach;
  • Zim Ice Cream, Canastota.

“Is there a better way to raise money for a great cause than by eating ice cream?” Rizzo said.

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