“We do it to change the future for the wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and even the men, who are fighting the disease today or are diagnosed tomorrow; we do it for them…As long as we stand with them, they do not journey alone,” Joann Antun, eight-year breast cancer thriver and Dr. Randall Feingold’s patient, explaining her motivation for participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
In a ballroom bathed in pink light, Joann delivered a passionate message of how breast cancer changed her life’s focus to 1000 guests at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast on 10 August at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. As keynote speaker of the breakfast, Joann inspired the guests to think about how their participation in Making Strides can change the future of breast cancer.
Throughout her breast cancer journey and subsequent medical issues, Joann has always presented with a positive mindset and continues her significant contributions in both public service and volunteering to support communities and charities. As you can tell from her speech, she’s a real dynamo!
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC/New York Breast Reconstruction Associates is a perennial Flagship Sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event which will be held at Jones Beach on Sunday, 16 October. This year, the practice has expanded its support by joining with the American Cancer Society in its National Partners Program for this event. This special program consists of organizations committed to raising a minimum of $200,000 by forming Making Strides teams, sponsorship of local Making Strides events, as well as through corporate donations, and other charitable promotions.
You will soon be receiving a packet about Making Strides from Cheryl Ross, our Team Leader for the event. Once you have had an opportunity to review the information, please feel free to contact her should you need any clarification. Hopefully you will be able to join us at 7:00am at the NYBRA tent on 16 October to share some breakfast, schmooze with your sisters and our staff, and walk together in solidarity.
-Mollie Sugarman, Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program
Photo: Joann Antun