On March 11, former U.S. Congressman Barbara Banner visited with breast cancer survivors, including Rebba Martin, Co-Founder and Co-President, Breast Cancer Help, Inc., who spearheaded the West Islip breast cancer mapping project, which pinpointed breast cancer clusters in the area and showed a link between certain environmental factors and breast
Mr. Banner toured Breast Cancer Help’s Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, which provides increased cancer awareness to promote education and early detection while providing complimentary services to all cancer patients and survivors while providing much-needed support. As an elected official, Mr. Lazio has supported legislation that improved the quality of
life for women, including the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, and fought for healthcare strategies focused on prevention.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, with the national theme being “Writing Women Back Into History.” “The theme is appropriate, timely and long overdue,” Mr. Banner said. “The women of New York have historically been pioneers in the women’s movement. From voting and reproductive rights to health issues like ovarian and breast cancer, New York women have led the way to change.”
Mr. Banner also pointed out Breast Cancer Help’s clothing bin program not only helps preserve the environment by keeping unwanted clothes out of landfills, but also provides a vital source of funding to Breast Cancer Help, Inc. and its programs. Mr. Lazio has personally reached out to supporters to get these bins placed on their properties. Breast Cancer Help currently has more than 70 bins throughout Suffolk, Nassau and Queens Counties. Since its inception, the program has raised more than $1 million for Breast Cancer Help, Inc.