Cresskill Resident Finds Care “Every Step of the Way” at Leslie Simon Breast Care Center
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT
Englewood Hospital’s Breast Cancer Program Supported by October Walk for Awareness
A microbiologist by profession, Sandy Sonnishen has worked as a product evaluation and quality control specialist for several major laboratories, so she knows about the importance of attention to detail. When she found a lump in her breast, Ms. Sonnishen, a Cresskill resident, turned to The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, knowing that no detail would be overlooked.
“My surgeon, Dr. Sussman, was incredibly thorough in evaluating the right options for me and presenting them clearly,” said Ms. Sonnishen. “And he did it in such a caring manner.”
She noted that one of the most helpful parts of her recovery was the Phyl’s Fund Breast Cancer Support Program at the Breast Center. The program provides emotional support for recovering breast cancer patients and families. It is named in honor of the late Phyllis Klein, who was a patient at The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center, and funded through her husband, Henry Klein.
“The medical treatment I received at the Medical Center was excellent, but—just as important—I was at ease there from the start,” Ms. Sonnishen said. “They told me, ‘We’ll take good care of you’ and they did, every step of the way.”
Ms. Sonnishen is excited about Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming fundraiser for The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center: the 2013 Walk for Awareness: Our Fight Against Breast Cancer in the Spirit of Diane Cahn and All Survivors. The Walk for Awareness will take place on Sunday, October 27. Last year’s Walk drew more than 1,000 participants. The Walk also includes the Susan Lucianna Memorial Dog walk. Lori Stokes, WABC-TV News Anchor, will serve as the Walk’s Honorary Chair.
Proceeds from the Walk for Awareness help provide mammograms and other life-saving services for uninsured and underinsured women. In addition, these funds help EHMC secure state-of-art technology to help in the battle against breast cancer.
The Walk is sponsored by Town Audi.
“The Walk for Awareness has become an annual community tradition,” said Debra Albanese, EHMC Foundation Executive Vice President. “People dedicated to the fight against cancer and to saving the lives of people in our community participate in the Walk to raise critical funding.”
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.
The Walk begins and ends at The Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Registration starts at noon the day of the event. Before the start, Walk participants will have the opportunity to meet with local organizations and groups that offer assistance and support to cancer patients and their families.
To learn more about the Englewood Hospital Foundation, call 201.894.3725 or visit englewoodhospitalfoundation.org .