American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Empowers Community To Take Action


Hauppauge, New York (Oct. 18, 2017) – More than 60,000 Nassau, Queens and Suffolk County residents came together on Sunday, October 15 at Jones Beach for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and raised two and half million dollars for a world without breast cancer. “The Sunday event was a moving example of passion in action,” said Katie Goepfrich. “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by bringing the community together, funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction, and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.”

The organization is gearing up for its second event on Long Island, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus, 121 Speonk Riverhead Rd, Riverhead. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and walk start is at 8:30 a.m. More information and registration is available online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/easternlongisland. Since 1993, more than 13 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $810 million nationwide. While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,610 will die from the disease this year.

It’s not too late to donate to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Visit makingstrideswalk.org/longisland to help the Society continue saving lives. For free breast cancer information and resources or to donate, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

(photo courtesty of AFAC staff)

FEATURE: The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation
Helps Children Of Cancer Victims Go To College

December, 2017 – New York, NY – The Susan Satriano Memorial Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in scholarship money to students from Long Island all the way to California. One thing all the foundation recipients have in common; they either have a parent currently battling cancer or who have already succumbed to it. Retired teacher Joe Satriano founded The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation in 2006 after he lost his wife to breast cancer. He saw first hand how his own children suffered as they watched their mother fight the disease for almost 13 years. Joe saw the need to help the ‘silent sufferers’ (as he refers to all children of cancer victims) and was determined to do something for those innocent children whose families have been strickened with cancer. “You hear about the cancer patient and maybe the caregiver or spouse but you rarely hear about how their children are affected,” says Satriano. “Besides all the emotional issues, their grades generally suffer because they have to take on added responsibilities that their parent/s can no longer handle.” Since its founding, The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which is headed in Oceanside, New York, has helped more than 1300 high school seniors go on to fulfill their dreams of going to college.


To be eligible for The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Award, students must be a graduating high school senior preparing to go to an accredited college in the fall. They also, unfortunately, must have a parent who is presently battling cancer or has recently passed away of it.
The Susan Satriano Foundation is funded through donations, fund raising events and the sale of Joe's very inspiring book, "In Sickness And In Health: A Memoir Of Love". For more information about The Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation visit www.susansatrianofoundation.com. Also, SEE MEDIA

Long Island Beauty Ball for Cancer Care

Oct. 30, 2017 – Long Island Beauty Ball is Hosted by MONDAYS AT RACINE, a non-profit organization located in a salon in Islip, NY, where every Monday complimentary beauty and wellness services are provided to women and men with a diagnosis of cancer. Since 2003, more than 6,000 cancer patients and survivors have used Mondays at Racine services and thousands more have participated in their expert-led educational programs. This showcase event featured the health, wellness and beauty industries coming together to educate and elevate cancer care in New York. It has been noted as the party of the year attracting hundreds of like-minded individuals and organizations looking to support the lives of those living with cancer. This event was sponsored by a wide list of contributors including the following professional health & cancer treatment institutions: The New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Northwell Health & Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Awareness for a Cure as a media sponsor.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Holds Annual Light The Night Walk for Cancer Cures

-Thousands Bring Light to the Darkness of Cancer-

Illuminated lanterns lit up the sky on October 21, 2017 as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Long Island Chapter held its Annual Light The Night® walk at Eisenhower Park to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures. Participants are still fundraising and working hard toward the $1.5 million goal in support of LLS’s mission— to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting LLS and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Coming together for a common goal, friends, family and co-workers form fundraising walk teams and gather together to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. Culminating in inspiration and memorable evening walks every fall, participants in 150 communities across North America join together carrying illuminated lanterns to take steps to end cancer – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. (SEE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE)


October 22, 2017- AFAC welcomes Dr. Robert Bard of the Bard Cancer Center in NYC - a recently inducted sponsor of Awarenessforacure.org. He is a globally renowned expert in the digital cancer diagnostics industry carrying a major list of credentials to his name. He is a recognized champion in 3D surveillance and precise tumor analysis, taking on some of the toughest cancers like breast, prostate, melanoma and thyroid while staying on top of the most current technologies and treatment solutions as well as early detection and prevention.

As a seasoned author of dozens of published books, countless articles and media appearances worldwide (both on the clinical and non-clinical levels), Dr. Bard is also highly passionate about public awareness. Moreover, he also "mans the battlefield" on the foundation level through his various philanthropic efforts including recently creating the New York City fundraising chapter for AFAC's partners (such as LLS- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). As an avid networker in social media, Dr. Bard's respected voice in the community reaches some of the most professional allies and partners in the corporate sector (as well as the many survivors in his patient list) in the cancer-fighting industry to bring support to this great cause. "I have been a proud supporter of Dr. Jesse Stoff's "Team Stoff" since he introduced me to LLS' LIGHT THE NIGHT and the Jones Beach BREAST CANCER WALK for the American Cancer Society. My midtown office is the perfect central location for grabbing attention to this project because of the cancer-related traffic we get. We recently we came up with a real game plan to reach new resources to bring help to these charities on various levels", says Dr. Bard. (For more information on Dr. Bard, please visit: wwwBardCancerCenter.com


Oct 21, 2017 - Among the many thousands of attendees, sponsors and supporters at this year's Light the Night Walk in Eisenhower Park, our roving photographer spotted AFAC's FIRST FAMILY- Dr. Jesse Stoff & wife Mrs.Colleen Stoff (active LLS fundraiser & co-founders of AFAC) & our own associate editor, Ms. Laurel Muckey. "We are so glad to see the love and support from everyone on Long Island who attended this special night", says Mrs. Stoff. "Leukemia and other blood cancers are probably some of the most challenging diseases to find an answer to- but our family supports LLS (among other foundations) because of their fantastic work, their involvement in clinical trials and research funding as well as their ground-level work with giving support for survivors and the recently diagnosed.



HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK –October 13, 2017 LI2Day held their Annual Appreciation Luncheon on October 4, 2017 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Restaurant in Smithtown, New York. The Appreciation Luncheon was held to $315,000 disperse funds to local beneficiaries and honor individuals and sponsors for their dedication, hard work and support of the 14th Annual LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk, which was held on June 10, 2017.

This year's race had over 300 walkers who took part in the 13.1-mile, walk but long before the walkers hit the pavement in June, they had a $500 minimum fundraising commitment to reach. Among those being honored were walkers who exceeded the fundraising commitment with a significant amount of funds. Leading the pack again this year was Pat Miller with $15,021.76, Keely Harris with $12,402.00, Mark Harris with $10,477.00, Susan Shulman with $5,398.00, Markee Harris with $4,991.00, Christine Romano with $4,880, Jennifer Hunt with $4,750, Christine Wicks with $3,780, Kirsten Hunt with $3,585, Stacy Quarty with $3,480, Lisa Longboat with $3,126, Margaret Lightfoot with $3,060, Laura Glass with $3,050, and Cecilia Vaicels with $3,006.50. (SEE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE).


Since inception, the organization founded by Ms. Ginny Salerno of Smithtown, NY and co-promoted by Kristi Moore have exploded to becoming one of Long Island's most respected and recognized fundraisers in the fight against cancer. They have produced annual 5k races to collect funds for cancer research, scholarships and countless resrouces for those suffering from any form of cancer. AFAC's co-editor and executive director, Ms. Laurel Muckey (practice manager, Linchitz Medical Wellness- Westbury) connected with all the LI2DAY principals and sponsors in part to personally thank and greet the many local champions that helped support the mission. Moreover, Ms. Muckey discussed recruiting new feature interviews for the next AFAC Survivor Series (see pilot video), a video project to publish feature cancer survivors who present their plight with cancer, their road to remission and how their lives are today thanks to a "second chance". This program is also expanding to become a regular section in AFAC's monthly newsletter as part of the survivor spotlights.

LAUREL MUCKEY- AFAC, PAM STOCKLEY- UPS Event Coordinator, KAREN KUTILEK-UPS Event Coordinator, MICHAEL SALERNO- President, GINNY SALERNO- Founder & Executive Director, MIKE POLANSKY -Secretary & General Counsel (Front row) LISA ANTONELLI-KURI-Walk Operations, GAIL MANCUSO- VP/GM Mid-Island Air Service, Inc., STEPHANIE SCIARA- VP and Advisory Bd Member, KRISTIE MOORE-CC&BW, ANDREW LEVINE- Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm

For your viewing pleasure is our 2017 mini-documentary of the most heart-warming L.I. Fundraising, spotlighting LI2DAY's Hope Runs Here- a 5k Run/Walk in loving memory of Bonnie Levine, taking place on Aug. 19, 2017. CHECK OUT AFAC'S AWARD-WINNING 2017 CHARITY DOCUMENTARY VIDEO!
See the many faces that helped build the event and the fantastic organization that has collected over $60M in its 14+ year history. Meet the architects of this unique foundation of caregivers and see what it takes to develop educational fundraising and cancer research funding.  LI2DAY is supported by a wide host of corporate powerhouses such as UPS, NEWS12 and Outback Steakhouse as well as the many local sponsors such as Raphaelson Levine law Firm, Blackman, Bar Louie, Westfield and Runners Edge. This Awareness for a Cure video is brought to you in part by: BestAnswerForCancer.org, Linchitz Medical Wellness , P Johnny X and Bard Cancer Center with additional support from modernpainrelief.com

AFAC editors sought out and assembled a significant list of cancer-related heroes and fundraisers to kick-start the AFAC charities list- alongside a directory of grants available to applicants in the Northeast U.S. Some of the recent connections and upcoming feature stories coming up in the AFAC newsletter includes featuring Joyce O’Brien (www.joyceobrien.com), author of “CHOOSE TO LIVE”- the inspirational journeys of a young couple who both endured and overcame late stages of cancer. Joyce had stage four breast cancer and Kevin had a paralyzing stroke and was diagnosed with stage three malignant Melanoma- and together, they overcame their “death sentences with a commitment to live” through a quest for alternative & biological medicines, strengthening the immune system, subscribing to a complete lifestyle upgrade and a total mind-body & spirit healing program. “Don’t take a prognosis as fact as the be-all-end-all… it doesn’t have to be- you just have to search for other solutions… the power of “you have six months to live” can really set in your mind”, says Kevin.


"I have discovered what I feel are secrets to modern-day health issues. I call them “secrets,” not because they’ve been deliberately hidden, like the DaVinci Code, but because they remain largely undiscovered by the masses. Our discovery of these secrets and living them is the reason my husband and I are alive. Although this is not intended as a “how-to,” I have woven some of the secrets into my story and have validated them through the success of our healing. I have put the knowledge I’ve gained into practice in my own life and the lives of my family. As you might guess, I am passionate about sharing this information with anyone who is ready to hear it because of the dramatic, irrevocable, and transforming effect it had on me—which includes giving me the gift of life."

"Our journey included European biological medicine, which identifies the root causes of why we get sick. You’ll also learn about the benefits of the primarily raw, green, enzyme-rich, low-sugar diet that we used to strengthen and heal our bodies. The journey explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing. Our voyage of trust and faith led us to a clinic in the Swiss Alps. We also made a pilgrimage to a miraculous, mystical healing high atop a mountain in Italy. Along the way, we learned not to focus on the quick fixes offered by toxic prescriptions that eliminate symptoms while masking the illness and causing side effects. Instead, we focused on removing the root causes of the illnesses and on building our bodies back up. This little-known world relies on cuttingedge diagnostics and treatments that include high-temperature heat therapy, detoxing, and immune system stimulation. I’ll also identify some sneaky physical culprits that weaken us and that are tied to degenerative diseases. My purpose in sharing our journey is not to drag you into the cavernous misery of those insane years. My purpose is to provide information that will help you create a springboard for new hope—hope that inspires action. Hope that will draw you toward creating a better world, one where you can experience less ill-health and feel good … even great! By making health our priority, we open ourselves to the possibility of having wonderful, vibrant lives. My purpose is to share our experience so that you, too, can benefit from the secrets we have learned."

All content in this section is courtesy of Joyce O'Brien - (C) http://joyceobrien.com/






















Joyce’s philosophy of healing and empowerment through inspiration & guidance was a direct match for AFAC’s production of ths AFAC video series called “Survivor Stories.” This program spotlights volunteer survivors who (like the O’Briens) escaped the throes of a deadly disease. One of the many upcoming mini-biographies of Survivor Stories include Ms. Rachel Klein - a Long Island mom who shares a then-to-now perspective of what it was like to first get the diagnosis and with the help of cancer foundations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, she received the help she needed to stay alive and regain her quality of life for years to come. In the ongoing battle against Cancer, the list of charities, foundations and grants also continues to grow. Coordinators of the Long Island AFAC efforts continue their mission to seek out, meet and learn about each remarkable organization and bring awareness about their work. “By listing grants, sharing fundraiser feature stories and establishing a publication that supports the cancer community with people-based information, we are joining the front lines of the fight by arming all sufferers with a true society that is truly on their side!”, states Laurel Muckey, AFAC co-editor.

In a recent on-air interview at WBAB/WBLI Station with AFAC’s first partner organization- Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s own Jamie Lamarca (Patient Access Manager), Dr. Stoff announced his new centralized awareness platform and a resource directory for disease patients. “I visit hospitals and oncology offices across Long Island to raise awareness about LLS and what we can do to help”, says Ms. LaMarca. “When a patient is first diagnosed, they are thrown into a world they certainly don’t want to be in. An easily accessible support system is really important for (any) patient- and as a social worker, it’s a passion of mine to bring support, education and offer financial assistance!”

To experience the ocean of lanterns in Eisenhower Park was a sight to see! Nobody lights the night like the LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY. Check out the 2016 AFAC Video coverage of LLS's flagship annual event that brings so many Long Islanders together with loving support for the survivors, current patients and the families who have lost loved ones from this dreaded disease.

Special thanks to HAROLD & DANIELLE COOLEY for designing our awesome new AFAC LOGO. The talents of Team Cooley have been widely seen in some of the most remarkable design work on Long Island- including the many marketing pieces on their own PHOUNTAIN STORE (franchise) in Huntington Village where they dedicate their commitment to wellness by conducting the most dynamic seminars on the "Proactive PHountain Lifestyle" through a complete alkaline diet, holistic philosophies and advanced health products.



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