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June 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

20th Anniversary Luncheon

WAR attends national breast cancer advocacy conference

Patient Navigator appointed to prestigious research committee

GOPiNK hosts successful fundraiser

Chappaqua's "A Cure in Our Lifetime" supports Patient Navigation

Women At Risk's breast cancer research, support, and education programs depend on the generosity of donors like you.

To make a donation in honor of Women At Risk's 20th Anniversary year, please contact Eric Dubinsky at edubinksy@ or (212) 305-4486.


Dear Friends,

First, we'd like to thank everyone who came out to support WAR at our 20th Anniversary Luncheon on May 9th. It was a great success, and we couldn't have done it without the generosity of all of our supporters.

In the past few months, Women At Risk has also been busy advancing breast cancer advocacy, furthering research initiatives, and much more!

Read on for the latest news...

WAR Luncheon celebrates 20 years of research, education, and support

DSC_2643On May 9, 2011, hundreds of Women At Risk supporters gathered at the Waldorf=Astoria to celebrate WAR's incredible work over the past 20 years.

The Luncheon honored Jeffrey Kalinsky, President & CEO of Jeffrey New York & Atlanta and the EVP of Designer Merchandising at Nordstrom, for his tremendous commitment to the fight against breast cancer.

Dr. Katherine Crew, WAR's Co-Medical Director, spoke about the importance of research, followed by the two guest speakers: Lynn Sherr, author and former ABC News Correspondent and The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney of the 14th Congressional District. Their remarks were both thought-provoking and inspirational, speaking to the importance of living our lives to the fullest and keeping the spotlight on issues impacting women.

We look forward to expanding Women At Risk's programs to fight breast cancer and support those affected by the disease in the coming decades.

20 Lives, 20 Ways

Espinel(2)To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, WAR is 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!

yukapix4. Dr. Francisco Espinel, the 2009-2010 "Alan & Susan Fuirst Women At Risk Breast Surgery Fellow."

5. Yuka Hasegawa, an artist and fashion designer from Kyoto, Japan who was helped by WAR after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2009.


Women At Risk attends the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Training & Advocacy Conference

This year, a group of nine Women At Risk staff members, patients, and volunteers attended the NBCC Advocacy Conference on April 30th-May 3rd, 2011 in Washington, D.C..


The four-day conference was packed with interesting speakers, panel discussions, plenary sessions, workshops, and information. The focus this year was on the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 and how we can “change the conversation” to end breast cancer.

Read about the details of the conference and the advocates' day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.

You can also apply for a scholarship to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this December as a patient advocate.

WAR's Patient Navigator chosen for prestigious breast cancer research committee

nancyWomen At Risk is proud to announce that Nancy Singleton, our Patient Navigator, has been named the "Breast Cancer Committee Patient Advocate" at SWOG, one of the largest cancer clinical trials cooperative groups in the United States.

Funded by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Group conducts clinical trials to prevent and treat cancer in adults, and to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. The Group’s network includes more than 4,000 physicians who practice at more than 500 institutions, including 19 NCI-designated cancer centers.

Roughly 5,000 patients and healthy participants are enrolled each year in SWOG studies, and approximately 30,000 are involved annually in ongoing clinical trials. During the last 25 years more than 170,000 patients have directly benefited from the Group’s trials, while millions more have received improved care through new standards of treatment or prevention developed by the Group.

As the Patient Advocate on the Breast Cancer Committee, Nancy will be responsible for representing the perspective of those affected by cancer at the group's biannual meetings and will also review research protocols.

Congratulations, Nancy!

GOPiNK hosts Pink and White Party

EricaandAllieOn Saturday, May 14th, GOPiNK, Women At Risk's Junior Committee, hosted a "Pink and White Party"at Bloomingdale's in White Plains, where high school girls and boys modeled the latest pink and white trends in front of an audience of more than 300 people.

Allie Farber and Erica Baevsky, the founders of GOPiNK, organized the event with the help of a committee of 60 teenagers from schools throughout Westchester. The event raised $40,000 to support Women At Risk's breast cancer initiatives.

WAR would like to thank the GOPiNK girls for their incredible hard work, and congratulate them on another successful event!

Chappaqua's "A Cure in Our Lifetime" raises funds to support WAR's Patient Navigation program

On Friday, May 13th, Chappaqua's "A Cure in Our Lifetime" held their 14th Annual Spring Breakfast Benefit at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester.  One of the most influential individuals in breast cancer research and treatment today, Dr. Larry Norton, was the guest speaker.


The event raised funds for several prestigious cancer centers and breast cancer programs, one of which was WAR's Patient Navigation program.

WAR would like to thank Chappaqua's "A Cure in Our Lifetime" for their continued support of this critical program, which provides resources, navigation, and support to newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.


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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