Nassau County, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined with 1 in 9 Hewlett House and Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the “Glow of Hope” dome lighting on October 2. The event featured presentations by Norman J. Levy Lakeside School student and the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building’s dome was lit pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 will die. In Nassau County alone there are approximately 1,295 cases of breast cancer annually, and 146 deaths annually.
“One in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Raising awareness about screenings and prevention is so important because warning signs are not the same for everyone -- annual mammograms can save lives! Thanks to early detection, better screening and treatment options, deaths due to breast cancer are decreasing. Let’s continue the progress and spread awareness and education,” said Nassau County Executive Curran.
“As a survivor and advocate, I am dedicated to raising awareness and supporting Nassau County residents in the fight against breast cancer. I am honored to join County Executive Curran and leaders of Hewlett House at an event that spreads hope during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Nassau County Legislator Bynoe.
The program included a moving ceremony with presentations from the students from The Norman J. Levy Lakeside School, who regularly volunteer at the Hewlett House. The students regularly volunteer at the Hewlett House including planting vegetables in the garden and writing cards for cancer patient’s birthdays. The Hewlett House is a community learning resource center for cancer patients and their families that has been serving the local community for over 28 years and has served tens of thousands of cancer patients and their families.
“The children from the Norman J. Levy Lakeside School have been giving Hope to the Cancer Patients for almost 15 years.at the Hewlett House. The service program is truly from the heart and soul of these very special children,” said Geri Barish, cancer survivor and the president and founder of 1 in 9: The Hewlett House.
County Executive Curran will also participate in the American Cancer Society’s Annual Make Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach on October 20. For more information on the Hewlett House, visit https://hewlett-house.org/