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Alison Herman, Wende Pettit, Lynn Murphy. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Thursday September 27, 2012, 3:30 PM
By Grace Berry

Women and men across Bergen are hard at work raising awareness and funds to battle breast cancer. From galas to golf games, walkathons to lacrosse tournaments, even to the launch of a cookbook, countless Bergen residents are inspired to help in the quest to beat breast cancer.

(201) Magazine gathered representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations together for a "team" photo to emphasize the meaningful difference that so many people make each and every day as survivors, volunteers, physicians, advocates and supporters and caregivers.

Contents:
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Bergen County Cancer Coalition: Education and Early Detection Program
074ATE1: Cooks for a Cure
The Kennedy Funding Invitational
CancerCare
Steps for Survival
Walk for Awareness
Phyl's Fund
Play for P.I.N.K.
Angels of Hope
Team Sharsheret
Tennis for Life
Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate
Paint the Mall Pink –  The Shops at Riverside
Comedy Cures
Young Survival Coalition, Northern N.J. Affiliate
Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey
Holy Name Medical Center Walk for Mom
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation

The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) was founded in 2006 by a group of Bergen women after the death of their close friend Nancy Block-Zenna. This foundation supports research and provides care to those affected specifically by triple negative breast cancer. "We are a small foundation making a big impact," executive director Lori Redmer says.

As a local organization reaching out across the globe, TNBCF has certain initiatives present in all their efforts. Establishing their path, TNBCF has created a website and helpline where the triple-negative breast cancer community can find comfort and hope through their treatments and recovery. The foundation also compiles a triple-negative symposium for the scientific community to aid doctors and scientists.

Since the establishment of TNBCF, they have raised more than 1 million dollars for research projects alone. To fund their initiatives and support the triple-negative community, the foundation holds various events throughout the year. Their premier event, Peace Love and A Cure, held its fifth annual cocktail and silent auction gathering this past May.

On March 3, 2013, TNBCF is planning their largest event thus far. Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day will gather eight to 10 triple-negative breast cancer survivors who will work together to organize a unique grassroots event in each of the 50 states. TNBCF is hoping to raise $1,000 from each event to benefit research and prevention of the disease. 


Bergen County Cancer Coalition: Education and Early Detection Program

Nearly 800 women in Bergen County are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The Bergen County Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (CEED) is on a mission to significantly lower that number. Since the program's beginning in 1996, more than 12,000 individuals have been informed on the importance of cancer screenings and 1,300 women have been screened for breast cancer. The CEED not only encourages men and women to get screenings, but also offers free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured women older than 40 who qualify for the program. Other services include free screenings for cervical cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

This past July, the CEED proudly received the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Local Hero Award for their ongoing efforts in the fight against breast cancer. The program continues to provide outreach, education and screening services to individuals in Bergen by collaborating with The Valley Hospital, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Holy Name Medical Center, among other hospitals and organizations. This fall, they have scheduled various speaking engagements, including an education information session on breast health at The Valley Hospital.


074ATE1: Cooks for a Cure

When Aimee Basa created the Wyckoff Moms Facebook page in January 2011, she intended it to be a virtual village where moms could share tips on the chaos of a teething toddler, the buzz on new restaurants in town and the skinny on general community information. However, in early June, the immense feedback stemming from a post in search of a delicious side dish ignited the idea for a community cookbook.

Just days later, Wyckoff mom and lifelong Bergen resident Lynn Murphy was diligently collaborating to make this idea a reality. Using the power of social media, the 1,000-member Facebook group, along with other community members, submitted recipe ideas to be included in the venture. Aided by a committee of 13 women including Wende Pettit, treasurer, the founder worked non-stop through the summer to sort and organize the recipes that quickly accumulated. As the women compiled the recipes, personal stories and individual experiences with breast cancer from contributors added a strong emotional component to the endeavor.

"Everyone has some connection to breast cancer," Murphy says, "whether we ourselves are a survivor or know a friend of a friend who was affected by it."

The cookbook's title, 074ATE1: Cooks for a Cure, is a creative spin on Wyckoff's zip code (07481) with a play on the number 8. In support of Murphy's mother who was diagnosed five years ago, proceeds are being donated to support the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Crusade.

Many Wyckoff residents are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and in the future, Murphy and Pettit hope to put together a team.

With strong presale orders and nearly 400 recipes in the cookbook, the two were overwhelmed by community enthusiasm. With a base goal of raising $10,000, it is highly likely that goal will be surpassed.

Business support has been far more than anticipated too, with advertising help and donations.

"We have had stores reaching out to us, wanting to help and host events," Murphy says. "It's incredible."

Stride Rite of Wyckoff eagerly signed on as a sponsor, offering four 10 percent give-back days during July and August. In addition, they are hosting the distribution of presale orders on Oct. 1. The official launch date of the cookbook coincides with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Other merchants and restaurants are also contributing in various ways. Businesses including Sakura Steakhouse, Wyckoff Pizza, Red Mango of Wyckoff and Bourbon BBQ also hosted give-back days this past summer and have continued to in the fall, where a percentage of profits benefit the cookbook's mission to support the Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Crusade.

On Oct. 10, Blue Moon Mexican CafŽ will host their second 10 percent give-back night, between 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11, and Tons of Treasures in Wyckoff will have a wine and cheese event where 15 percent of all sales will benefit the cookbook. CrossFit201 of Franklin Lakes will donate five percent of their membership sales for athletes who join in October.

Perhaps the event Murphy and Pettit are most excited for is the launch party, which will be hosted at The Brick House in Wyckoff. The event is open to the public and will take place 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

While presale orders concluded on Sept. 30, the cookbook will be for sale in local businesses on Oct. 1 for $25. Stride Rite, CafŽ Amici and Abma's Farm are a few of the many businesses that will stock it. Additional events are being scheduled in the near future, as well as the launch of a website.

"It is amazing what this has turned into," Pettit says. "It is far more than just a cookbook."


The Kennedy Funding Invitational

The Kennedy Funding Invitational is held in memory of renowned breast cancer patient Leslie Simon. The invitational hosts an annual event benefiting research, treatment and support at the Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

The invitational is completely volunteer-based and has been organized and run by the Wolfer Family for the past six years. The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is grateful to be partnered with the Kennedy Funding Invitational.


CancerCare

CancerCare in Ridgewood partners with many organizations to tackle the daily issues of coping with a cancer diagnosis. This national nonprofit organization offers counseling, support groups, financial assistance and education workshops to the cancer community.

CancerCare offers an endless supply of support and information to people facing breast cancer, including a monthly support group. Recently, CancerCare teamed up with Meals on Wheels Association of America, Cancer Support Community and The Eisai Women's Oncology Program – Magnolia to deliver frozen meals to families affected by breast cancer in and around Woodcliff Lake. In the past, CancerCare has worked with Eisai Inc. to organize fundraisers and events to benefit breast cancer programs.

A new program called Magnolia Meals at Home was introduced this past May. CancerCare works with the Cancer Support Community to identity eligible families who can receive as many as six nutritious deliveries per month through the program. Each delivery includes as many as seven meals designed to meet the nutritional needs of people living with breast cancer, and as many as 10 meals for family members. While still in its early stages, Magnolia Meals at Home hopes to provide a reprieve for families dealing with the stress of breast cancer. An Eisai volunteer and a Meals on Wheels employee will deliver the meals directly to family homes to help ensure a relaxing and stress-free dinner.


Steps for Survival

Steps for Survival, an annual fundraising gala, celebrates cancer survivors, along with their families, health care providers, and all others who have assisted them through their recovery. Organized in 2005 by the medical offices of Dr. Richard D'Amico and Drs. Forte, Schleider, Attas, Condemi, Morrison and Kim, this lively community event helped raise funds for The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center while spreading awareness about breast cancer, treatment options and support.

The annual gala, which each year coincided with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is recognized for delivering an opportunity to spend a high-spirited evening together celebrating life.


Walk for Awareness

In 1999, Jill Fader and her husband, Paul, founded the Walk for Awareness to unite their community in the fight against breast cancer. The 14th annual event will be held 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. This year's walk is dedicated to the memory of Diane Kahn. Known for her courage and determination to beat breast cancer, she encouraged those around her to "enjoy every moment of every day" and to live life to the fullest.

The pink-filled day will include a 5K walk, as well as the fifth annual dog walk, in remembrance of breast cancer patient Susan Lucianna, who left behind her beloved four-legged companion, Molly.

Over the past 14 years, the 5K walk has raised $950,000 to benefit the Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The money raised provides underprivileged women the opportunity to receive mammograms. Additionally, the funds allow the hospital to purchase updated sonogram and diagnostic equipment, which aid in early detection of breast cancer.

Englewood Hospital's Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center was designated by Congress as a national model for breast cancer diagnosis and management. Throughout the year, community-sponsored events and fundraisers help raise funds to benefit breast cancer research, treatment, support and the recovery process at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.


Phyl's Fund

Henry Klein recalls his wife, Phyllis', diagnosis in 1996 and how she endured countless traditional and non-traditional procedures including bone marrow transplant, orthopedic interventions and even meditation. Throughout her struggle, she attended a regular support group – that's what kept her grounded.

"It was a constant, every Monday night," Henry Klein says. "They would talk about wigs, talk about how to explain things to kids – even discussions of doctors and treatment."

Klein remembers the inspiration for creating the foundation that bears his wife's name.

"When Phyl died in 2002, my children were in high school and I thought it was appropriate to set up a foundation to keep her memory alive and to provide support for those who needed it."

Since its humble beginning's, Phyl's Fund has expanded to offer a summer bereavement camp for families who have lost a loved one to cancer.

"Hearts of Hope Bereavement Camp brings seven to eight families to a bucolic setting where they have the opportunity to cope with their loss," Klein says. "Counselors work with them and at the end of the weekend, they make a collage which memorializes the beloved family member lost to cancer.

Klein speaks to the relationship between Phyl's Fund and the Leslie Simon Breast Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

"In the beginning, for me, it was a tribute to Phyl, but now it's all about helping other women and men and their families," Klein says. "We named a support program for women after Phyl at EHMC and it's great. It's truly a labor of love."


Play for P.I.N.K.

The Play for P.I.N.K. Chapter of Northern New Jersey first teed off in 1996 at the Alpine Country Club. The golf tournament was organized by a group of women in honor of a close friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The great success from the event spurred interest in clubs throughout the nation. There are currently events hosted in 24 states, including golf tournaments at The Ridgewood Country Club, Edgewood Country Club and Alpine Country Club. The New Jersey Chapter is run by a committee of nine highly dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who help coordinate third-party events, including golf tournaments, soccer games and spa days. They encourage and welcome any suggestions of possible fundraisers and strive to make them a reality.

Since 1996, Play for P.I.N.K. has donated more than $25 million to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, they collaborate with physicians, professors and doctors to fund research projects focused on finding a cure for breast cancer.

Play for P.I.N.K. hosted a very successful tournament this past August at Edgewood Country Club. Many of the golf tournaments held in Bergen take place in the summer, and planning has already begun for its 2013 events.


Angels of Hope

Ten years ago Lynne White, with the help of fellow board members, formed Angels of Hope (AOH), a breast cancer charity based in Wyckoff. The foundation holds an annual gala along with many fundraisers, which benefit women's health at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.  

In previous years, AOH was proud to host their annual 5K run/walk, hold various raffles, fashion shows and luncheons.

According to founder Lynne White, "Our organization loves to try new things," and welcomes any fundraisers and events that volunteers propose.

Angels of Hope is preparing for a very successful (and busy) upcoming year. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, AOH will be hosting two trunk shows during the month of October. These will take place in White's store, Sutton East Boutique, in Wyckoff. Two designers will be visiting and displaying their pieces to be sold where proceeds benefit AOH.

On March 3, 2013, the annual black tie gala will be celebrated at the Venetian in Garfield. This is AOH's largest event where in previous years has raised nearly $100,000. The money raised during this gala provides AOH necessary funds to carry out treatment, offer support and provide patients with wigs during treatment.

In the near future, White is putting together a tea party at the Victorian Tea Room in Mahwah. She will be hosting this soirŽe as a thank you to the gracious donors of AOH that have made this organization such a success.


Team Sharsheret

In Hebrew, Sharsheret means link. According to director of operations and volunteer Elana Silber, Sharsheret's efforts are a link in the chain to preventing breast cancer.

When founder Rochelle Shoretz was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, she realized she needed to reach out to others in need. Founded in 2001, this national nonprofit Jewish organization strives to bring support and awareness to Jewish families and communities nationwide.Ê

Sharsheret's efforts include their very successful Link Program. Through the program, individuals can explore specialized support groups to connect with women going through similar experiences. Groupings include Family Focus, which offers support options to families, and Sharsheret on Campus, which reaches out to college students. The growing peer support network, which has more than 1,600 individuals, continues to provide friendship and advice to its members. Sharsheret has blossomed since its inception in 2001 and has conducted more than 250 educational presentations across the country to inform men and women about breast cancer.

Sharsheret has recently participated in the NYC Schlep, a Jewish breast and ovarian cancer run and walk, and the 2012 NYC Triathlon. This October, they are looking forward to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk, in which Sharsheret will have a team. To get involved, people can host a third-party event at home, or join the Sharsheret team for awareness walks and races. Volunteers have been very creative, hosting golf outings and bake sales to benefit the foundation.

"Everyone in the link strengthens the team," Silber says.


Tennis for Life

Tennis for Life (TFL) touches lives far beyond the tennis courts. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 by breast cancer survivor Marcia Devens, offers men and women affected by breast cancer free indoor tennis instruction and organized weekly matches to players of all levels. There are numerous support groups throughout the year, where individuals can form friendships and find comfort in uniting with people in similar situations.

TFL is offered at the Ridgewood Racquet Club as well as The West Rock Tennis Club in Bardonia, N.Y. Now through May, the Ridgewood Racquet Club will host instruction and matches 1-3 p.m. on Sundays. From June to August, the schedule will change to 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

"TFL is a friendly group of breast cancer survivors of all ages who meet together weekly," TLF volunteer Cyd Coughlin says. "We enjoy the companionship and the experience of playing tennis for fun. I believe it works because of the relaxed sharing and bonding that heals the body and spirit."

Run solely on donations, the organization benefits the Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Recently, Coughlin and other TFL board members have partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide dinners to breast cancer patients and families.


Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate

The North Jersey Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation was founded in 1997. As the nation's leader in breast cancer movements, they are dedicated to supporting and empowering women.

Since the North Jersey founding, the movement has awarded more than $14.7 million in community grants and directed $6.4 million toward breast cancer research.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised support local community nonprofit organizations that provide programs in breast health, mammograms, education, treatment, support and outreach. They work to target programs that offer services not otherwise available to uninsured and medically underserved women and men in New Jersey. The remaining 25 percent is earmarked for breast cancer research aimed at finding better and more effective treatment options and, ultimately, a cure.

The primary fundraising event is the Susan G Komen North Jersey 5K Race for the Cure. The day-long event hosts a 5K race and walk, a one-mile family walk, children's activities, and numerous information and survivor tents. Planning has already begun for the foundation's sixth annual race, which will be held on May 5, 2013, at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange.

On Nov. 2, the North Jersey Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation will host its majestic Pink Tie Ball, which was last held in 2009, at the Crystal Palace in Livingston, where the chapter's 15th anniversary will be celebrated.

This past July, the Lax for the Cure lacrosse tournament drew more than 4,200 girls to participate in the weekend-long event at New Egypt High School. The tournament, which raised $250,000 for breast cancer awareness, benefited Susan G. Komen affiliates, including the Northern New Jersey branch. On Nov. 10 and 11, another tournament will be held at Rider University. Planning has already begun for the 2013 summer tournament, which will be held in June. The tournament is run by Jessica Shoulberg, director of the STEPS Lacrosse club, which rosters numerous Bergen girls lacrosse players.


Paint the Mall Pink – The Shops at Riverside

The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack is preparing for a very eventful and exciting pink-filled month. The mall has planned a unique initiative to highlight breast cancer awareness, incorporating special events, retailer discounts, education displays, a health fair and Fashion Walk of Hope.

The pink-themed activities include a pink tree of hope and inspiration featuring pink ribbons that can be purchased at Simon Guest Services and will be displayed all month long. Each ribbon is a suggested donation of $1 and benefits a local organization that supports breast cancer awareness.

Girl's Night Out will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. This free event will feature food tastings, refreshments, pampering, swag bags, prizes and more. Guests are invited to wear their most fashionable pink attire in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Fashion Walk of Hope will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. The fashion show features courageous breast cancer survivors who will model the latest looks from participating retailers at The Shops at Riverside.

A health and wellness fair will gather various health-related organizations to raise breast cancer awareness. Among the fairs activities, The Fountain Spa will pamper guests, offering chair massages, mini manicures and hand paraffin treatments.

Throughout October, many retailers will offer special pink products and promotions. The Shops at Riverside will offer a gift with a mall purchase of $250 or more from stores and restaurants all month long. And many other rewards, discounts and events will be available as retailers join the community in the fight against breast cancer.


Comedy Cures

Comedienne Saranne Rothberg knows a good laugh can go a long way. Through her personal experience fighting breast cancer, she realized the therapeutic relief comedy provides. Her national nonprofit foundation, Comedy Cures, strives to lift the spirits of patients affected by illness, trauma, depression and disability.

ComedyCures collaborates with many medical centers, nonprofit organizations, corporations, celebrities and media outlets. ComedyCures is taking part in the Tied to the Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Event, which will be held on Oct. 10 at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. Continuing this fall, ComedyCures hosts their LaughingLunch program. The free lunch and entertainment-filled afternoon brings a humorous experience to those individuals facing illness and their caregivers. During the month of October, the LaughingLunch Program is dedicated to serving those individuals affected by breast cancer.

Since the foundation's inception in 1999, Rothberg has received various awards and honors through her innumerable contributions. Even Oprah Winfrey called Rothberg her hero in her book Live Your Best Life. She is also the recipient of the Yoplait/Komen Breast Cancer Champion Award and the New Jersey Humanitarian Award, among others.

With everything from a Laugh Line with daily jokes and Laugh-a-thons to Wellness Joke Books and a radio talk show, ComedyCures continue to provide the medicine of laughter, hope and joy.

 
Young Survival Coalition, Northern N.J. Affiliate

The Northern New Jersey Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is an international nonprofit organization started in 2002 by Lisa Marie Muccilo. The foundation is comprised of survivors, family and friends, and community volunteers who unite to work with researchers and scientists as well as the breast cancer and legislative communities to convey the urgency of this disease.

The New Jersey branch of the YSC hosts an array of events throughout the year, including their 11th annual fundraiser, In Living Pink, which was held this past May. The lively event gathered attendees for the themed casino game night and raised more than $60,000. Another fundraiser, Tour de Pink, attracts Bergen's most adventurous bikers. The rides take individuals traveling along the East Coast for hundreds of miles as they pedal for a cause.

The YSC offers individuals ways they can get involved, including hosting their own third-party event. The Paramus PBA and Goals for Life in Montclair recently held fundraisers that benefited the coalition.

The YSC's mission is not only to raise funds, but also to reach out and connect survivors and patients. Monthly social and educational events offer those individuals a place of comfort. Gilda's Club of Northern New Jersey has partnered with the YSC and offers support groups 6:30-8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. The foundation also provides newly diagnosed and metastatic resource kits to young women through hospitals and breast care centers.

The New Jersey affiliate is proud to be part of the nationwide fight against breast cancer. This past June, three members from the YSC branch of New Jersey attended the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 event. The team assisted in the formation of the current bill in Congress, Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act. They continue to gain support from New Jersey legislators and have introduced another bill to the Senate.


Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey

With more than 3,000 active members, 500 of whom are breast cancer patients or caregivers, Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey welcomed more than 11,000 visitors to the Hackensack clubhouse this year.

Executive director Karen DiMaria says Gilda's Club offers free breast cancer networking groups where patients and survivors can offer support and attend lectures on medical topics. The goal is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer, along with their family and friends.

DiMaria herself is a breast cancer survivor, which is what drew her to Gilda's Club. In a message to the Gilda's Club community, she states:

"Without even knowing it, I have been living my life by Gilda's mantra – that 'life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.'"

DiMaria is the seventh member of her family to have breast cancer, and she lost a beloved aunt to the disease in 1997.

"I learned a lot from my close friendship with my aunt and from taking her cancer journey with her," DiMaria says. "She was the same age as Gilda Radner – 42 – when she passed. It was a devastating blow. I have found fulfillment because my own life experiences have led me to support organizations like Gilda's Club NNJ and to sharing my experiences with all of you – individuals who join me in believing that no one should have to face cancer alone."

Visibility and support for Gilda's Club is growing rapidly – so much so that a second clubhouse is opening in Newark.

"We can keep in touch with communities via text messages," DiMaria says. "Text the word Gildas to 84700 and you're connected."


Holy Name Medical Center Walk for Mom

Five years ago, friends Kyung-Hee Choi and Ki Kim teamed up to create the Walk for Mom, a breast cancer awareness event through the Korean Medical Program at Holy Name Medical Center. The fifth annual walk was held this past June at the New Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park. The walk, which has raised more than $200,000 to date, offers medical assistance to the Korean-American community. The 2013 walk, while still in planning stages, is tentatively scheduled to take place in June.

As founder Kyung-Hee Choi explains, "Uninsured and low-income Korean women now have the chance to get free mammograms. If anything is found, we also offer free surgery and treatment."

The Korean Medical Program not only provides treatment and care, but also continues to be active in community outreach through initiatives such as health fairs, education programs, and lectures.

The Walk for Mom and the Korean Medical Program unite with the Korean media, which covers the annual event. Through advertising and campaigns, many Korean households are now informed of the risks and signs of breast cancer, as well as the importance of mammograms.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at New Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park. The walk, an American Cancer Society (ACS) premier annual event, rallies thousands of Bergen residents to march in the fight against breast cancer. The ACS hosts a series of walks around the country, which raises funds for research, education and advocacy for those affected by breast cancer.

Celebrating its 10th year, the 5K walk and run has many ways to get involved. Participants can walk individually or on a team or sign up to be a race-day volunteer. In August, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Society hosted a kickoff breakfast to welcome volunteers and further prepare for the upcoming walk.

The ACS of NJ also hosts local galas, golf tournaments and Relay for Life events, which support efforts to raise money for cancer awareness and prevention. In June 2013, the ACS will host the George Washington Bridge Challenge, which calls all participants to race across one of the stateliest bridges in the country.

 

Quotables:

"I have found fulfillment because my own life experiences led me to support organizations like Gilda's. We believe that no one should have to face cancer alone."
Karen DiMaria
Breast Cancer Survivor and Executive Director Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey

"Joy can be found after breast cancer. After a long journey, my husband and I are expecting twins!"
Suzanna Breit
Breast Cancer Survivor Young Survival Coalition

"We extend our sincere gratitude to the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly for their gracious hospitality in hosting the photo shoot on Aug. 29, 2012, where we brought these wonderful teams together."
Amelia Duggan
(201) Magazine Editor

"My mother's strength and bravery through her breast cancer experience are my inspiration for involvement, but the reason is my daughter, so that future generations never have to sit in a doctor's office and be treated for this disease."
Lynn Murphy
Founder, 074ATE1: Cooks for a Cure

"It was an honor and privilege to open our doors and welcome nearly 150 breast cancer survivors, advocates and volunteers into our JCC family to support (201) and its campaign to bring increasing awareness to this important cause. It was an amazing team effort and we were glad to be part of the team."
Avi A. Lewinson
Executive Director, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

"Everyone in the link strengthens the team."
Elana Silber
Director of Operations Team Sharsheret

"It was so rewarding to help start this group and watch it grow and help others."
Roberta Server
Play for P.I.NK.

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