October may only be one month out of the year,
but it brings to light the vital importance of regular
the early detection of
breast cancer throughout
the entire year.
Hospital was pleased
to show its support
of National Breast
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
CARE Club, who
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
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