our 2018 honoree | ann Marie weisser
We are thrilled to announce our 2018 honoree, Ann Marie Weisser. Ann Marie is a South Huntington mom and 13 year breast cancer survivor. More information on Ann Marie's story to follow.
our 2017 honoree | Dr. Angelo Garrido
We are thrilled to announce our 2017 honoree Dr. Angelo Garrido. Dr. Garrido is a true advocate for women’s health. He takes nothing for granted and his proactive approach leaves nothing to chance. He is a caring physician who takes the time to get to know his patients while building trust. It is this trust that allows patients to make informed decisions, without question, regarding their health and well-being. For over 26 years Dr. Garrido has been changing and saving the lives of women. It is with gratitude that we acknowledge his exceptional career and look forward to celebrating him on March 11, 2017.
our 2016 honoree | Rebecca pine & miana jun of the breast and the sea project
Rebecca Pine interviews women whose lives have been touched by this illness—survivors and pre-vivors—from all ages and walks of life. She writes their stories in the first person and focuses on each woman's unique emotional healing journey. Miana Jun artfully captures moments in each participant’s experience that portray strength, beauty, and courage. The photography in the project has enveloped the theme of women in the sea, with scars bared in moments of authentic emotion. The project empowers women who have been through breast cancer. Their message is that we are whole, with and without breasts. We are beautiful, with and without scars. For more information on our amazing honorees and The Breast and the Sea project, please visit www.thebreastandthesea.com
our 2015 honoree | JAYNE O'TOOLE
Much like Suzanne, Jayne’s strength and courage were an inspiration to all around her while she fought this terrible disease. In July of 2013 Jayne found a tumor during a self-breast exam and was diagnosed with Invasive Carcinoma: Ductile. Upon biopsy it was determined that the 2cm tumor was triple negative. Jayne underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction tissue expanders in August of 2013. Final pathology revealed that part of the tumor was different than the rest and was HER2 positive, a tumor within a tumor. Jayne underwent chemotherapy treatment for the triple negative cancer followed by one year of Herceptin to address the HER2 positive cancer. In March of 2014 she had her ovaries and tubes removed and completed her breast reconstruction. Her final chemo treatment was in December of 2014 and she celebrated with a family trip to Disney World. Her son Jonathan posted this about his Mom on December 5th on his facebook page:
‘Mom, life's problems wouldn't be called "hurdles" if there wasn't a way to get over them. Over a year ago you had a huge hurdle placed in front of you and you took it like a champ, smiling all day every day. You had such a great attitude that I couldn't even tell that you were fighting the whole time. I am extremely proud of you for staying positive this whole time and words can't describe how happy I am; you showed me how to keep the positivity flowing through times like the ones you went through. In the end of it all you taught me one main thing, we don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice you have. I love you Mom #BreastCancerSurvivor2014’