With so much to do there is always a lot going on. We always have events going on and here is our place to report what’s happened.East Islip’s Scrapbook Alley Raises $9,000 for Breast Cancer Help
East Islip’s Scrapbook Alley Raises $9,000 for Breast Cancer Help
Pictured (left-right) are Allison Connors, owner of Scrapbook Alley in East Islip; Silvana Scotto-Zangri, proprietor of the Watermill Inn in Smithtown; Roger Ryan, Executive Vice President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; Lorraine Pace, Co-President and Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; Scrapbook Alley recently held a “Cropping Party” hosted by the Watermill Inn. The Cropping Party, where participants gathered to paste create scrapbooks, raised $9,000 on behalf of Breast Cancer Help. Breast Cancer Help will be using the funds to support its programs dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. For more information about Breast Cancer Help call (745) 520-3075.
Breast Cancer Help Thanks Congressman Grucci for his Long-Stankding Support in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Pictured (left-right) are Roger Ryan, Executive Vice President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; Congressman Felix Grucci; and Lorraine Pace, Co-President and Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Help, Inc. Congressman Grucci is seen being thanked for his long-standing support as a Brookhaven Town Councilman and Supervisor in the fight against breast cancer on Long Island
Breast Cancer Help Thanks WALK for its Support in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Pictured (left-right) are Lorraine Pace, Co-President and Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; Priscilla Lee, WALK Radio; Roger Ryan, Executive Vice President of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; and Linda Healy, WALK Radio. WALK Radio recently donated $5,000 made possible through its sale of a limited edition CD called “Yesterday & Today 2000.” Breast Cancer Help will be using the funds to support its programs dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. For more information about Breast Cancer Help call (631) 661-7223.
Suffolk County and Breast Cancer Help Team Up to Purchase State-of-the-Art Radiosurgery Equipment for the University Medical Center at Stony Brook
Non-Profit and Government Working Together to Improve
Quality of Health Care for Long Islanders
Stony Brook, NY – In an unique example of government, a non-profit organization and a health care provider working together to improve the quality of health care available to Long Islanders, Suffolk County Executive Robert J. Gaffney delivered a check for $250,000 to the University Medical Center at Stony Brook, which will be combined with a $100,000 contribution from Breast Cancer Help, Inc., for the delivery of the second of three modules of the Novalis Laser Surgery machine, which helps in the treatment of many types of cancer. The second module will be housed with the first module at the Radiation-Oncology department at the university.
Breast Cancer Help, which spearheaded the efforts to bring this advanced Radiosurgery system to Long Island, is seeking an additional $1.6 million through fundraising, as well as public and private sector contributions, to purchase the third module, providing Long Islanders with only the second such advanced Radiosurgery system in the world, following the one at University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
John Pace, General Counsel and Secretary of Breast Cancer Help, Inc., praised the County Executive for his vision and long-standing support in the fight against cancer. “Bob Gaffney is not only a man who rules with his mind, but with his heart,” said Pace. Pace went on to say that “the purchase of this equipment is vital in the fight against cancer on Long Island. As we work to find causes and cures in the laboratory, we must be able to treat people who have cancer today. This equipment will help to save the lives of many cancer patients, not only those with breast cancer and brain cancer but other cancers as well.” Pace also thanked two of Long Island’s largest companies, Keyspan Energy and Grand Union, for their help in making Breast Cancer Help’s contribution possible, as well as Promote Long Island, for all the free advertising they did for Breast Cancer Help, Inc. He also singled out, Shear Instincts, a West Islip beauty salon, for its efforts in raising nearly $20,000 over the last two years on behalf of Breast Cancer Help.
County Executive Gaffney helped procure the funds as part of his efforts to ensure that Suffolk residents have the most advanced medical care available to them. “It is our privilege to have the world-class Cancer Institute of Long Island located in Suffolk County,” said the County Executive. “It is our responsibility to ensure that all county residents can benefit from its facilities.” The County’s contract with the University Medical Center stipulates that the hospital will make the system available to treat enrollees of the Suffolk Health Plan. The Suffolk Health Plan provides Medicaid-managed healthcare coverage to eligible low-income and uninsured individuals and families.
An improvement over traditional radiosurgery, the Novalis’ integrated computer driven design can provide more precisely shaped radiation fields with perfect dose distribution. According to Dr. Allen Meek, “the Novalis radiosurgery system non-invasively treats tumors of cancer patients without damage to the surrounding tissues. This accurate and efficient system has the highest precision of any radiosurgery system. It tracks the movement of patients whereas other systems do not. We are two-thirds of the way to providing Long Islanders with the most advanced Radiosurgery system in the world.”
Breast Cancer Help, Inc. is a not-for-profit grass roots organization with a focus on action and advocacy to eradicate breast cancer. Founded in 1994 by Lorraine Pace, a breast cancer survivor, and Father Thomas Arnao, the group promotes education and awareness of breast cancer issues. Pace was also the founder of the West Islip breast cancer mapping project, which pinpointed breast cancer clusters. This mapping has now spread to other parts of New York, the U.S. and abroad.
South Farmingdale Fire Department Clothing Drop Box at Merrits Road Station to Benefit Breast Cancer Help
Pictured (left-right) are Harry Ballard, Breast Cancer Help with Chief Donald Mormino and Commissioner Dick Klien of the South Farmingdale Fire Department beside a Breast Cancer Help Clothing Drop Box recently located in the parking lot of the South Farmingdale Fire Department’s Merrits Road Station. Residents are asked to drop off their used or unwanted clothing at the drop-off location. Proceeds from the sale of the clothing benefit Breast Cancer Help, Inc.
Breast Cancer Help’s Lorraine Pace is One of Three Zonta International Woman of the Year Honorees
Pictured (left-right) are Diana Mazza, Zonta Board Member; Luise Jones, Retired Community Organization Specialist; Susan Eccleston, Zonta Treasurer and an Islip accountant; Honoree Dr. Veronica Henry, Dean, L.I. Educational Center, S.U.N.Y. Farmingdale; Aileen Eppig, Financial Advisor, A.G. Edwards; Honoree District Court Judge Madeline A. Fitzgibbon; Honoree Lorraine Pace, Co-President and Founder of Breast Cancer Help, Inc.; Deidre Mountcastle, educator; and Elaine Fitzharris, President of Zonta International Suffolk Area Chapter. Pace was one of three honored as Woman of the Year in recognition of her accomplishments as a professional woman and for her work in the fight against breast cancer.
2nd Annual Maureen DePalma Walk Against Breast Cancer Raises over $3,000 for Breast Cancer Help and Life Teen
Pictured are walkers and supporters gathered in Fireman’s Memorial Park in Lindenhurst following the 2nd Annual Maureen DePalma Walk Against Breast Cancer. Over $3,000 was raised to benefit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Life Teen and Breast Cancer Help.
Casa Blanca Hair Salon Cut-A-Thon Raises over $3500 for Breast Cancer Help
Pictured are the staff of Casa Blanca Hair Salon outside of the salon located on Main Street in East Islip. On Sunday, October 8th, Casa Blanca raised over $3500 during its Cut-A-Thon. All proceeds raised on that day went to Breast Cancer Help, Inc.
Breast Cancer Help Raises Over $50,000 Towards Purchase of State-of-the-Art Radiosurgery Treatment Planning System for Cancer and other Diseases at Annual Gala
Pictured left to right are Father Rich Kammerer, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst; Lindenhurst Village Mayor Lynda Distler; Dr. Alan G. Meek, MD, University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook; Lorraine Pace, Co-President and Founder of Breast Cancer Help, Inc; Father Thomas Arnao, JCL, Diocese of Rockville Centre; Jeanne Fontana, Topline Advertising; James Brady, Long Island Rail Road; and Roger Ryan, Executive Vice President, Breast Cancer Help. Over 700 supporters attended Breast Cancer Help’s annual gala: A Cure is for Sure! held at Villa Lombardi’s on September 28th.
B-103 Free Concert Aids Breast Cancer Help in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Pictured are members of Breast Cancer Help, Inc. at B-103’s free concert held at Eisenhower Park on July 1st. Breast Cancer Help raised over $1500 through donations at the concert.