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Winthrop Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October may only be one month out of the year, but it brings to light the vital importance of regular mammograms and the early detection of breast cancer throughout the entire year.

Once again, Winthrop-University Hospital was pleased to show its support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sponsoring a number of important initiatives aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness, sharing information on the disease, providing greater access to services, and supporting patients throughout their breast cancer journeys.


Employees Put on Pink

On October 18, 2012, employees from various areas of the Hospital donned pink or American Cancer Society t-shirts to show their unwavering support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Walking in honor of a beloved colleague who passed after a 16-year battle with breast cancer, staff and friends of Winthrop joined together at the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach on October 21, 2012. It was an inspiring day that helped the Winthrop team raise nearly $24,000 for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

Paint the Mall Pink

Throughout the month of October, Winthrop was also pleased to present a series of events at Roosevelt Field Mall. Some of the month’s activities included a Winthrop breast health information table with educational material about breast cancer, breast cancer prevention and Winthrop’s Breast Health Services, as well as a Wall of Hope where mall patrons could make a small donation in exchange for a pink ribbon to be placed on the wall in honor of a loved one or friend.

What’s more, during the Winthrop-sponsored Simon Fashion Now Show on October 12, 2012, the Hospital was pleased to recognize two extraordinary individuals – breast cancer advocate and survivor Karin Weisenberger, Senior Director of Human Resources at Winthrop, for her exemplary work with Winthrop’s Breast Health Program and Winthrop’s breast cancer patients, and Winthrop nurse Belinda Gandasegui for her great courage and strength, and for serving as a face of hope and inspiration to others battling breast cancer.

The Breast Angel Committee Fund

Facing a breast cancer diagnosis often means hardships – both physical and financial. The Winthrop Breast Health Program created The Breast Angel Committee Fund to address the unique economic needs of breast cancer patients.

The Breast Angel Committee, with the support of students from Old Westbury’s Wheatley School’s CARE Club, who have contributed nearly $1,800 to the Fund to-date, is committed to raising funds through sales and donations. Recently, the Committee presented awards in the amount of $250 to four patients who were nominated by their physicians as most deserving of these awards.

Overwhelmed with emotion as she accepted the monetary gift, one recipient expressed that she was even more grateful for the outstanding medical care that she’s received at Winthrop throughout her breast cancer journey.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for all that they’ve done for me, my husband and my children. I just think Winthrop is the best place on earth!” she said.

For more information about breast health services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 22, No. 3
Winter 2012

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