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February 2010

Celebrating 20 years of enhancing the lives of women affected by breast cancer

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In this Issue:

20 Lives, 20 Ways

Save the Date: Women At Risk's 20th Anniversary Luncheon

WAR welcomes two new Co-Medical Directors

Advocacy Updates: Become an advocate in Albany and D.C. this Spring

Valentine's Day 'We Are Resilient' bracelet sale

High-Risk Support Group















Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to be celebrating Women At Risk's 20th Anniversary year! Since 1991, WAR has been conducting research, educating, and offering support to women at high risk for and with breast cancer. 2011 will be a year to reflect on and celebrate 20 years of notable accomplishments. Read on for more information on how we'll be spending our 20th anniversary year and how you can get involved. Of course, as always, we'll be looking towards the future, and ultimately, a cure.

20 Lives, 20 Ways

To kick off our 20th Anniversary, WAR will be profiling 20 individuals whose lives have been touched in some way by the many programs we have offered over the past two decades. If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by Women At Risk's work and would like to be potentially featured in this series, please send your story to Lisa Held at We'd love to hear from you!

Jenny Saldana

1. Jenny Saldana

Jenny is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed on January 4th, 2006 and was treated with mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, and Herceptin. She now works with the Latina community as WAR's Community Program and Outreach Coordinator. Read about how Women At Risk helped Jenny through her treatment for breast cancer and how she's giving back today.

SAVE THE DATE: Women At Risk's 20th Anniversary Luncheon

Highlighting Women At Risk's many accomplishments in funding and conducting innovative research studies.

WHEN: Monday, May 9th, 2011. Reception 11:30AM, Luncheon 12:00PM.

WHERE: The Waldorf=Astoria, New York, NY

Additional details to follow. For more information, contact Eric Dubinsky at or (212) 305-4486.

WAR welcomes two new Co-Medical Directors

PreyaAfter several years of incredible service and leadership, Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph decided to leave NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia for a position at NYU's Langone Medical Center. We are grateful for the vision and dedication she demonstrated during her time as WAR's Medical Director and wish her well in her future endeavors.

173We are pleased to announce that in her place, WAR has appointed two physicians to serve as Co-Medical Directors, Dr. Preya Ananthakrishnan and Dr. Katherine Crew. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is a breast surgeon, and Dr. Crew is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating women at high risk for and with breast cancer. They bring varied backgrounds and specialities to the position, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the WAR team!


Advocacy Updates: Join us in Albany and Washington D.C. this Spring

This year, there are many ways to become a breast cancer advocate with Women At Risk's help. Join us in Albany for the New York State Breast Cancer Network's 13th Annual Susan M. Cohen Education and Advocacy Day or attend the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Advocacy Training Conference in Washington D.C. from April 30th-May 3rd. To attend the NBCC conference for FREE, apply for the conference scholarhip by February 11th. The deadline is tomorrow, so act now!

In the meantime, join us for this special event to kick off the Spring Advocacy Season. Experienced advocates will discuss what it means to be an advocate and answer any questions you may have about the upcoming conferences and how to get involved.

What is advocacy?
Thursday, February 24th


Location: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, Irving Cancer Research Center, Room 115, St. Nicholas Ave. between 166th and 167th St., New York, NY.

For more information on any of these programs or to RSVP to the advocacy lecture, contact Amy Whiffen at or (212) 305-3238.

High-Risk Support Group

Women At Risk's new support group (co-sponsored by SHARE) for women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer due to family history and/or a BRCA1 or 2 mutation will meet once a month throughout the Spring. The next meetings will be on February 15th and March 15th at 6PM. For more information, visit the SHARE website.


'We Are Resilient' sterling silver bracelets ON SALE for Valentine's Day 
To order, contact Eric Dubinksy at or (212) 305-4486.


Women At Risk is the breast cancer program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center whose mission is to enhance the lives of women at high risk for and with breast cancer through research, education and support. For more information, visit us at or

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