Let me tell you how I am planning to beat cancer!
We all have varying degrees of encountering these diseases, but after 20 plus years practicing medicine I have witnessed the devastating effects of cancer on men and women of all ages. Having been moved by so many powerful people fighting their battles against cancer, I wanted to be able to do something meaningful to help them fight back…and ultimately beat it.
After learning how the American Cancer Society (ACS) makes such a powerful impact on the battle against cancer on a local level, most notably at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, I wanted to be a part of the team. For the last 15 years, I have been active with the American Cancer Society Long Island (ACS LI), and my partners at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC — Drs. Ron Israeli, Peter Korn and David Light — are also passionate volunteer supporters of ACS Long Island. As a group, we are annual Flagship sponsors of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Jones Beach, Long Island, and have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society to help people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. It is always such a wonderful opportunity to connect with our patients and their families. What started as a few of us standing around in a parking lot at Jones Beach 15 years ago has grown to more than 1000 family and friends getting together to support each other.
As an Advisor to the American Cancer Society’s Nassau Division, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the ACS Eastern Division, it has been my privilege to partner with this organization in fundraising efforts to support breast cancer research and treatment. The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, relying on the strength of more than three million dedicated volunteers.
Monday, I attended the first 2015 meeting of the ACS Long Island Board of Advisors where we met to provide direction for the ACS programs and events on Long Island, and it was a great meeting where we set up the game plan for a robust year of activities. I am excited to report that 2015 is off to a great start and the calendar of events will provide many opportunities for raising awareness, building community support and celebrating survivorship.
The following events are scheduled for 2015. I will report back with updates on the events as we get closer to each one.
- 2015 Relay for Life — The Relay For Life movement is the biggest fundraiser with 4 million participants worldwide, and 40 events on Long Island in April and May, featuring high school, college campus and community events. Events last up to 24 hours, and offer an opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in your life, promote how you can reduce your cancer risk, and raise money to help find a cure.
- 2015 Babes Against Cancer NY — Thursday, May 14, 2015 — A major force in cancer support, raising over $1 million annually through the efforts of approximately 300 volunteers and 7,000 participants at 40 golf and country clubs on Long Island. Since 1972, Babes Against Cancer has generated over $25 million to support the ACS’s research, public education, advocacy and patient/family services programs in the areas of breast and prostate cancers.
- 7th Annual Doctors of Distinction Golf Invitational — chaired by me — This exclusive outing includes a day of first-class golf on one of Long Island's premiere courses followed by a dinner reception. Opportunities to be involved with this event include golf packages, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities which will all help further the ACS's mission. This year's venue to be announced soon.
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach — Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8am at Jones Beach State Park - Field 5 — The event unites nearly 300 communities across the nation to help save lives from breast cancer – and together, to finish the fight against the disease. At Jones Beach Walk alone, more than 60,000 people participated, and we hope to see you there this year!
- 2015 Gala of Hope Nassau Region NY — All proceeds from the Gala of Hope support the ACS's patient services, research and advocacy work in Nassau County.
I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! If you can’t participate, ask me or visit the ACS Long Island site for information about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved.
- Randall Feingold, MD
Photo: ACS LI Board of Advisors