Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer 2022 HIGHLIGHTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Funded 3 Grant Proposals: $75,000 each
1. Project Title: Identifying Novel Strategies to Predict and Inhibit IRF5-Mediated Breast Cancer Metastasis
Principal Investigator (s): Betsy J. Barnes, PhD
Institution: Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health
2. Project Title: “Targeting the m6A rRNA/mRNA axis for metastatic breast cancer disease” Principal Investigator (s): Theresa Vincent, PhD Institution: New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Other Investigators: Robert Schneider, PhD
3. Project Title: Harnessing Senolytic CAR T Cells for The Treatment of Breast
Cancer Principal Investigator (s): Corina Amor, MD, PhD.
Institution: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Funded $25,000 Small Seed Grant: MSK Young Women with Breast Cancer Program:
ON-Going Grant: NYU Langone Defining Biomarkers Predictive of Chemosensitivity in Triple Negative Breast Cancer by Complex Visual Recognition with Deep Learning
- Sylvia Adams, MD & Douglas K Marks, MD
- Research Committee Organizational Chart Developed
- Attended various Conferences and Breast Cancer Symposium educational sessions on latest research findings and Updates on Breast Cancer
WEBSITE Research Section Updated
Outreach - Direct Services
• Provided information, emotional support and financial assistance to 159 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 13 women diagnosed with other cancers including:
64 meals and groceries; 12 wigs; 6 rent/mortgage payments; 6 prosthetic bras and fittings; 19 transportation requests; 17 hair care services; 3 genetic counseling sessions; 24 other counseling services; 28 cold cap/lymph sleeves; Hospice Care; medical chair rental; 3 medical marijuana purchases; 1 eyebrow tattoo.
• Reimbursement of over 163 bills (medical, prescription, insurance, oil bills and living expenses)
• Wellness services including 9 medical massages, yoga and physical therapy sessions.
• Distributed 21 Gifts of Hope & Healing and delivered 88 Special Gifts throughout the year.
• Provided pre- and post-surgical items: resource binders, nutrition, and reference books, post-surgery jackets, pillow wedges and seat belt pillows, wellness recipes and care packages.
• Outreach Services were funded from the following: Funds were received from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, LI2Day funds cy pres, Directed by Donor funds, PINK, the Manhasset Community Fund and Outreach Miscellaneous funds.
Outreach - Community Programs
• Provided a variety of wellness and educational programs as follows:
• Assisted the non & underinsured community through the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program with food and transportation vouchers.
• Supported 12 Ballet for Recuperation Classes at Berest Dance Studios to help alleviate the discomfort of neuropathy pain because of cancer treatment
. • Helped fund the Relax, Restore, Renew Retreat at the JCC where 23 attended sessions on exercise, relaxation, and healthy eating.
• Supported the Sid Jacobson JCC’s Women’s Cancer Support Group that provided 562 exercise classes and 301 discussion groups held both virtually and in person.
• Assisted Northwell Health with providing Integrative Therapies for their cancer patients; 1585 reflexology treatments provided and 30 chair yoga classes.
• Helped to initiate the Northwell Health BC Rehabilitation Program designed to prevent treatment related functional decline and its subsequent consequences
. • Supported Staff Development at the Palliative Care Unit at Northwell Health.
• Continued funding the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Institute Art Therapy sessions which 62 attended, and the St Francis Nutrition & Cooking Programs - Shake Days; 7 Shake Days offered to over 250 patients and Cooking is Caring; 72 participants participated virtually.
• Helped to fund the sold-out Strength for Life Weekend Wellness Retreat held on July 16th-17th for breast cancer patients and survivors.
• Supported End of Chemotherapy Treatment Gifts which were distributed at the Northwell Monte Cancer Center.
• Outreach Programs were funded from the following: Funds were received from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Miscellaneous funds and Directed by Donor funds. ($32,775)
Annual Membership meeting and Thank You Volunteer Reception held on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Café Continental
Generous donations were raised at two major fundraising efforts in 2022 including:
- Mix and Mingle held on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club in Manhasset, NY
- Ladies’ Night Out held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, NY
- Funds raised will be used in two ways. First, in the continuous support of local women battling breast and other cancers, and second, as monetary donations to research organizations to continue their ongoing research efforts.
- Cash for the Cure sold out in record time, 500 tickets sold with 3 winners.
- Almost 700 walkers registered for the MWCABC annual 5K Walk/Run.
- Participated in Champions for Charity® at Americana Manhasset.
- MWCABC was selected to receive funds from the Office of the New York State Attorney General (AOG) cy pres. This was the outcome of funds being seized by the OAG from fraudulent charities and being reallocated to legitimate ones the matched the intended use of the donations. MWCABC was identified as a such an organization and in February 2022 was presented with $40,000 to use toward supporting its Outreach Program.
- Conducted spring plantings for Outreach recipients
- Cleaned up and replanted the Garden of Hope and Healing
- Girls from all classes provided assistance in every aspect of the annual 5K in October
- Carried out Holiday Cookie Baskets’ baking, decorating and delivery for Outreach recipients
- Freshmen held their Pink Ball
- Sophomores will be holding their annual dance at the end of January
- JC gave a $10,000 grant to Adelphi Breast Cancer Network and plan to do the same this year
- Sophomores made holiday ornaments for sale at Raindew
Communication and Operations
- Distributed biannual newsletters updating community of events and news regarding the MWCABC
- Created a THINK PINK social media campaign for the month of October via Instagram and Facebook
- Updated and Maintained MWCABC WEBSITE
- Created SmugMug photo account and added to website to archive event photos past and present
- Maintained Social Media Communications
- Created emails, website placement and social communication with Outreach to promote programming
- Prepared various Letters pertaining to the Coalition’s Organizational Requirements
- Updated and maintained contact database