“Breast cancer awareness month brought about several opportunities in our region for individuals to get involved in the fight against breast cancer,” said Debra Albanese, EHMC Foundation Executive Vice President. “The fact that so many chose to support Englewood Hospital is indicative of our community’s dedication to ensuring that their family, friends and neighbors have access to life-saving care close to home.”
Walkers enjoyed fantastic fall weather on Sunday, October 21 as they set out from Englewood Hospital for a 5K walk through the City of Englewood. Their mission – to promote awareness about breast cancer, help raise funds to benefit patients seeking breast cancer care and most importantly, to celebrate those who have survived this disease. Joining with the hundreds of community members were many groups from local houses of worship, universities and businesses, all of whom made a difference in the battle against breast cancer. This year’s Walk was held in memory of Diane Cahn, who valiantly battled breast cancer for almost 20 years before passing in 2011.
Adding to the Walk’s success was the generous support of sponsors including: Title Sponsors Jacqueline Lebowitz and Diane Lucianna; Banner Leaders Euro-American Brands and Health East; Olympian Sponsors The Seeger Family and the Susan Lucianna Breast Cancer Fund; Champion Sponsors Englewood Radiologic Group, PA, EREZ, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC, Drs. Forte, Schleider & Attas, PA, the Kaplen Foundation and NVE Bank; Team Captain Sponsors Gaffey & Associates, Inc. and Information Table Sponsor Emerge. A full list of sponsors can be found on the Foundation’s website.
Prior to the start of the event, Walk participants had the opportunity to meet with local organizations and groups that offer assistance and support to cancer patients and their families. In addition, the Hospital’s Center for Integrative Healing offered free therapeutic massages; and RetroFitness of Tenafly conducted a group warm-up to get participants ready for their 5K walk.
Founded in 1999 by former Englewood Mayor Paul Fader and his wife Jill, the Walk has helped raised over $1.4 million for The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center. Funds help provide mammograms and other life-saving services for uninsured and underinsured women in our communities. In addition, these funds help the Hospital to secure state-of-art technology to help in the battle against breast cancer.
The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center is recognized by the U.S. Congress as a national model of excellence for breast cancer diagnosis and management. We consistently detect early stage breast cancer (Stage 0) more than any other facility in New Jersey.
To learn more about the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, call 201.894.3725 or visit www.englewoodhospitalfoundation.org .