FM Magazine: Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure

Deb Gordon’s guests were Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi, and Anne Regina Guidi, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2014, and is currently cancer free.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker in her sister’s memory and is dedicated to saving lives by meeting the needs of the community and funding research.

“Susie Komen died from metastatic breast cancer, and it was when she was dying that Nancy Brinker, her sister, promised Susie that she would do everything in her power so that other women didn’t have to suffer like Susie did,” said Tantawi.

Ms. Guidi, who was unfortunately without insurance when she discovered her lump, was still provided with optimum care through Komen’s patient navigator network of services and medical partnerships.

“I had to have a double mastectomy and a lymphectomy because the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes on my right side, and if it wasn’t for these women and these men who took care of me, I wouldn’t be sitting here today,” said Guidi.

“Komen has a saying that where you live, the color of your skin, and whether you’re insured, should not determine whether you live,” said Tantawi.

“Our goal is to make sure that no one dies of breast cancer,”

Spotlighted the 2017 Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure happening in Central Park on Sunday, September 10th.   Thousands of people affected by breast cancer will come together to take part in this uplifting, inspiring, and informative event to raise money for the cause.

“ New York City and Long Island has among the highest breast cancer rates in the country, so accessing services is very critical, and that’s why the dollars that we raise through our upcoming Race for the Cure are so critical to ensure that dollars are getting to women who need those types of services,” said Tantawi.

The community is invited to either walk or run the 5K, or just register to attend and lend your support.  There will be a myriad of activities and entertainment at the event, including a special “Hope Village”, where those with breast cancer can receive special pampering and individualized attention.

“The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been wonderful to me and given me this opportunity to speak to you here today…and maybe make a difference in somebody else’s life, because now it’s time for me to pay forward the wonderful things people have done for me,” said Guidi.

For more information and to register, visit www.komennyc.org.

 

–Deb Gordon/WNEW

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