A ” Fascinating” Evening for Breast Cancer Survivors
Throughout the year, Siena Women’s Health, a division of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, located in Smithtown, focuses on breast cancer awareness. However, October is a special time considering it is the national awareness month to help spread education about early detection and prevention. At St. Catherine of Siena, October is even more significant, because it is the month where every breast cancer survivor who received care at the hospital is invited to The Pink Ribbon Salute—an annual Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner.
The celebratory event is sponsored by Siena Women’s Health, in collaboration with St. Catherine’s Breast Health Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Between the respective divisions, St. Catherine of Siena invited more than 500 breast cancer survivors. The dinner is complimentary for survivors with support of sponsors. This year, top sponsors included: Suffolk Anesthesia Associates, Geonomic Health, Inc., New York Cancer Specialists, New Street Plastic Surgery, Square Care—Ob/GYN and Myriad Health—along with the support of St. Catherine’s Medical Staff.
This year, the event was given a royal twist—where survivors were encouraged to join the festivities with their most fascinating “Fascinator”—the small, yet regal hat that makes a statement. For survivors, the “Fascinators” helped express their spirit to fight and desire to encourage others who may be in treatment. One survivor spoke at the event, Susan O’Connor, and she shared, “I chose to stay positive, because a positive attitude can help heal.”
Every survivor was greeted by staff of St. Catherine of Siena, and given a pink rose, along with a swag bag filled with inspirational goodies in support of breast cancer awareness. And, for a special splash of pink, guests were offered pink hair strands by Grace Cooney. In addition, due to an overwhelming outpouring of raffle donations, guest had the opportunity to win more than 80 free raffle baskets and prizes. In addition, survivors and their guests danced the night away thanks to the sounds of The Just Cause Band. The band originated by attorneys has grown into a diversified group, born from the love of music and a desire to help the community by supporting charity events at no cost.
St. Catherine’s Senior Leadership team were all in attendance to greet survivors, cementing a greater sense of community and support. And, St. Catherine’s Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery Diana Yoon-Schwartz, educated attendees about the latest updates in breast reconstructive surgery. She reminded survivors about the need for protein to heal. “Losing muscle mass lowers your metabolism, so engage weight training at least two to three times weekly,” said Dr. Yoon-Schwartz.
The Pink Ribbon Salute is an evening to remind survivors that their multidisciplinary team partners with them on their journey, from diagnosis to treatment—and even more remarkable—a celebration of their survivorship.
With more than 1 in 8 women in the United States diagnosed with breast cancer, and, approximately 2,000 men, annually, breast cancer education is at the forefront of community outreach at St. Catherine of Siena. Our physicians are committed to reminding both women and men that early screening can saves lives.
St. Catherine of Siena is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, as designated by the American College of Radiology. St. Catherine of Siena's Breast Center provides innovative, comprehensive care for women of all ages and backgrounds in a welcoming and supportive environment. The Breast Health Program combines cutting-edge technology, including 3D mammography, with personalized interest to offer a broad range of clinical and support services from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. The multidisciplinary team consists of physicians, surgical specialists, nurses, specialized technologists, radiologists, a breast health nurse navigator, and is dedicated to caring for the physical and psychosocial needs of all patients.