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Autumn 2014 News From HBCAC

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Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition: Autumn 2014
Action and Awareness This Autumn

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Fix It for a Cause!

Call Jack Berleth & Sons!

Need a plumber? Once again, HBCAC is proud to partner with  Jack Berleth & Sons, Inc. during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the second year, they have pledged to donate $10 to HBCAC for every service call they perform during October! A perfect excuse to have them fix that leaky faucet or install some new plumbing!

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STRIKING Up Fun!

Friends and neighbors came out for evening of food & fun on the alleys to support HBCAC at our third  annual bowling event at AMF Commack Bowl. When it came to laughter, everyone was a winner! Fabulous raffle prizes were also awarded. Many thanks to our board member, Nordeen Accardi, who hosted the event for our benefit!

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Eat, Drink & Think Pink! 

For the seventh year in a row, Bohlsen Restaurant Group will be raising money and awareness for breast cancer through the support of their patrons during the annual October "Eat, Drink & Think Pink" campaign. Click here for more information- then go enjoy a fine meal or drinks for a good cause!

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Partner with Panera!

During October, our long-time partner, Panera Bread, will once again be running their Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign, where a portion of proceeds from each ribbon bagel sold will go to: Adelphi NY Statewide Cancer Hotline, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and HBCAC!

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Representatives from Panera Bread, WalkFM Radio, and BC Coalitions.

The Colors of Autumn: Orange, Red, Pink & Green!

As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. So, in addition to the beautiful autumn shades of red & orange, there's an awful lot of "pink" this time of year. As a non-profit organization, we are extremely grateful to our community & friends who provide much of the "green", enabling HBCAC to continue our year-round work supporting those affected by breast cancer, with focus towards prevention of all disease. This month, we ask you to choose those businesses who help support HBCAC, and there are lots of fun (and practical) ways to do so. Need to finally fix that leaky faucet? Want to go out for some dinner? Or grab a bagel for breakfast? Or maybe, have fun with fitness or go bowl for a cause . Whatever you like to do, there are ways to help. Read on for more information about our events and find an opportunity to show your true colors!

"Taking it to the Streets": HBCAC Outreach Events

October 7: 2014 Breast Cancer Summit at the Coral House

HBCAC was happy to participate in this year's "Breast Cancer Summit" at the Coral House on October 7th where we distributed our educational and informative Prevention Is The Cure™ materials including our "Toxic Trigger"™ brochure, Healthy Reference Cards™ and our "Look Before You Leap" (L.E.A.P.)™coloring books in both English & Spanish!

October 15: TOH Senior Center and the NYSCEHC

As a new NYSCEHC opened in Stony Brook, HBCAC's Karen Joy Miller explained to TOH seniors about the New York State Children's Environmental Health Centers (NYSCEHC) and their ground-breaking research, which identifies environmental causes of childhood disease, then translates research into solutions that protect the health of children everywhere. Thank you to Susan Berland, Jillian Guthman-Abadom, Rhonda Shepardson, Julia Frangione, and the entire Town of Huntington Senior Center Staff for making this possible.

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October 18: Looking for More Cultural Leaders

In an effort to keep all members of our community informed and engaged in the fight against breast cancer and environmental health concerns, HBCAC President Karen Miller recently held an outreach at the Emmanuel French Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntington Station. Karen addressed members of the community about the choices we can all make to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful toxins in our everyday lives. They were extremely enthusiastic, and many good questions and concerns were raised at the meeting. The members of the church collectively agreed that Karen should come back on a yearly basis to present updated and current information.

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October 28: Town of Huntington Pulse of a Woman: Vibrant and Alive

The Town of Huntington will be holding their 13th annual Pulse of a Woman: Vibrant and Alive event at Larkfield Manor. These events always bring together an energetic and eager collective of people, willing and excited to discuss new research, prevention methods, and ways to stay healthy. Melanie from HBCAC will be distributing our Prevention Is The Cure™ materials.

November 20-21: BCERP/BCERC/NIEHS/NCI & HBCAC!

Lots of acronyms for the very important agencies and projects HBCAC is a part of! HBCAC will be represented at the Breast Cancer and the Environmental Research Program (BCERP) conference in San Francisco. This joint effort is co-funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and supports a network of scientists, clinicians and community partners to examine the "windows of susceptibility" and the effects of environmental exposures which may predispose a woman to breast cancer throughout her life.

November 25: Half Hollow Hills PTA Meeting with Legislator Steve Stern, and Laura Viens, MD Stony Brook.

Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern, Laura Viens, MD Stony Brook and HBCAC President Karen Miller will join the Half Hollow Hills PTA on November 25th to address the importance of prioritizing prevention in children's health. Laura Viens will be representing the NYSCEHC located at Stony Brook, one of the seven centers throughout New York State.

GOLDen Opportunity to Help HBCAC at Gold's Gym!

gg logoGet to Gold's Gym in East Northport on October 25th from 7am til noon for their 1st Breast Cancer  Awareness Day benefiting HBCAC! They'll offer fun and engaging events in a supportive environment for all community members, as well as exciting raffle prizes. So get up & get to Gold's for a good cause!

HBCAC Helps Secure Seven Centers of Excellence for Children's Environmental Health

Prioritizing Prevention on Long Island with the New Stony Brook Children's Environmental Health Center

This center is part of a statewide network (NYSCEHC) of health professionals and institutions whose mission is to provide vital, science-based information regarding children, to families and communities and align with our partnering centers to respond to environmental health events while promoting preventative strategies to help reduce the burden of environmental disease for children.



Fishful Thinking


One Fish, Two Fish, What's In Your Fish?

One Fish, Two Fish is HBCAC's newest project, focused on collecting, analyzing, and processing useful information about the potential toxins in fish and offering sensible guidelines for fish consumption - especially for women and children who are in critical developmental stages, called the "Windows of Susceptibility".


"Lend a Helping Hand" continues to provide Help for those fighting Breast Cancer

HBCAC continues to offer a program of services for Huntington town residents diagnosed with breast cancer. Services we offer through this program include:

  • Food and medical transportation assistance
  • Support group resources & professional resource guides
  • Emergency breast cancer medication & surgical dressings
  • Lymphedema compression garments
  • Housecleaning services, stress-reduction (massage, yoga, etc)

So if you - or any Huntington resident you know - could use a "helping hand", be sure to contact us today. Call us at: 631-547-1518 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc. (HBCAC, Inc.) is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit grass roots organization which was founded in 1992. HBCAC is dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness. Our mission is to focus on prevention methods while actively helping those who are faced with a positive diagnosis.

To find out more or to donate, visit: www.hbcac.org

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Spring 2014 News From HBCAC

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Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition:
Springing Into Action

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Looking Upstream in Cincinnati

HBCAC Helps Secure Ban on Hydrofracking Waste

Advocating for Safety & Compassion

The Best Kind of "Peer-Pressure"

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The WONDER of It All 
Caring People Making a Difference

HBCAC would like to extend our gratitude to Kelly Paci andMarybeth White, who co-organized a fabulous fundraiser atC WONDER in the Walt Whitman Mall, for the benefit of HBCAC. Over 75 women were invited to this private shopping event and raved about the fantastic crowd and WONDERful shopping. Many thanks again to Kelly and Marybeth and all those who attended, for helping to support their local breast cancer organization!

GOLFING for GOOD!

Join us on Wednesday, July 16th at Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown for a fabulous Golf Outing to Benefit HBCAC

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HBCAC & GNBCC: "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer"

Cincinnati Invites Karen Miller & Laura Weinberg to

Deliver Keynote Speech

Karen and Laura were welcomed as key speakers at the 10th Annual "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer" meeting, hosted by UC Cancer Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Community Breast Cancer Advocates. Their presentation "Community Advocacy: Steps Toward Success" outlined the trials, tribulations & challenges of how to become successful community advocates, while highlighting the satisfaction of success, knowing that community work you do truly makes a difference. Many thanks to Dr. Frank M. Biro, MD, Dr. Susan M. Pinney, PhD, and the entire Cincinnati community!

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Healthy "Peer-Pressure"

Huntington High School student Caitlin Knowles promoted health and wellness to over 300 peers and staff at her school by providing important information on potential safety concerns of some personal care products.

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Caitlin Knowles, presenting to peers

SPRING/SUMMER 2014

YOUR SUPPORT Enables Us To Continue Serving!

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on support from our community, friends & neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of the Edge Electronics family, HBCAC will once again be the charitable beneficiary of their upcoming golf outing on July 16th. It's organizations like Edge and the hard work and dedication of people like Debbie O'Rourke of the Eventide Group - this year's Honoree -who make all the difference! These fundraising events enable grassroots groups like HBCAC to continue our important work to serve and educate the community about important environmental health issues. Please support HBCAC by attending this wonderful event! Go golfing for a great cause! See the flyer for full details.


HBCAC Helps Secure Ban of Toxic Hydrofracking Waste!

HBCAC testifies before the Suffolk County Legislature

On April 29th, HBCAC President, Karen Miller, gave strong testimony before the Suffolk County Legislature in support of Bill #1117-2014 (authored by William R. Spencer and co-sponsored by Steve Stern and Sarah Anker) which bans the use and sale of hydrofracking waste. Karen testified about the dangers of the chemicals used in, and resulting from, the process of high-volume hydrofracking. 

Citing scientific based evidence, Karen explained that 25% of the 700+ chemicals used in this process are linked to cancer and 37% are endocrine-disrupting chemicals which have been implicated in cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testicle and ovary. We are happy to report that this bill passed unanimously, and we believe Karen's testimony on behalf of HBCAC and the NYS Breast Cancer Network (NYSBCN) played a crucial role in helping get this bill passed! Just another way HBCAC serves to protect our environment, the community and our families...


Strength in Numbers: NYSBCN Advocacy Day

Focus On: Compassionate Care & Hydrofracking Concerns

Celebrating our 16th year, HBCAC joined with the 23 other NYS Breast Cancer Network member organizations for our annual NYSBCN Advocacy Day. Together, we developed and presented the groups' position on 2 important issues. First, the Compassionate Care Act which endorses the legal use of medical marijuana for those who live with daily pain from treatments for a variety of illnesses and diseases such as breast cancer. 

Next, in addition to supporting the ban on the use/sale of hydrofracking waste (see article above), NYSBCN furthered their position against hydrofracking by calling for a statewide ban, until a comprehensive assessment of the process can be completed and its long-term health effects proven safe, according to established scientific standards.

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Huntington High Welcomes One of Their Own

The Best Kind of "Peer-Pressure"

Caitlin Knowles, our 2013 HBCAC Student and Scientist Environmental Research Scholarship Program (SSERSP) Winner, brought her passion to her peers when she engaged over 300 students to discuss the potential harmful health effects associated with personal care products. 

As part of her overall message promoting good health & wellness, Caitlin explained that many products which students use on a daily basis, such as shampoo, lotion or makeup can contain harmful chemicals. She shared information about these chemicals and explained how they affect us, then provided information about how to read labels and spot potentially harmful ingredients before buying. We applaud Caitlin on her desire and dedication to bring this important message to her peers. Read highlights about her presentation in the Huntington Headlines at:

http://hufsd.edu/news/stories/2014/april/03b.html

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Breast Cancer & the Environment
Disease Does Not Discriminate (An NIEHS/NCI program)

Environmental health issues concern people of all ages, race, gender and religions. As such, HBCAC & GNBCC were thrilled to partner with the Icahn School of Medicine at 

niehsnci s14Mount Sinai in collaboration with the Witness Project in Harlem, NY. This 6-part "Advocates Mentoring Advocates" project brought together an enthusiastic and astute group of multi-cultural women to learn about toxic chemicals found in everyday commonly used products, then learn how they can serve as advocates in their own communities to spread the message of public health to family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. We look forward to hearing more about their growth and success in future endeavors!


Welcome Aboard

New Faces at HBCAC

If you haven't had the opportunity to meet our Director of Communications yet you're in for a treat. Melanie Harris joins our organization bringing with her a strong background in anthropology, Asian studies, and a passion for community. Welcome Melanie!


Know Someone Who "Needs a Hand"? Call HBCAC

"Lend a Helping Hand" Continues to Provide Help for Those Fighting Breast Cancer 

HBCAC continues to offer a program of services for Huntington town residents diagnosed with breast cancer. Services we offer through this program include:

* Food and medical transportation assistance
* Support group resources & professional resource guides
* Emergency breast cancer medication & surgical dressings
* Lymphedema compression garments
* Housecleaning services, stress-reduction (massage, yoga, etc)

So if you - or any Huntington resident you know - could use a "helping hand", be sure to contact us today. Call us at: 631-547-1518 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fishful Thinking

One Fish, Two Fish, What's In Your Fish?

One Fish, Two Fish is HBCAC's newest project, focused on collecting, analyzing, and processing information about toxins in fish and the effects they have one people during critical developmental windows, the "Windows of Susceptibility".


 

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc. (HBCAC, Inc.) is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit grass roots organization which was founded in 1992. HBCAC is dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness. Our mission is to focus on prevention methods while actively helping those who are faced with a positive diagnosis.

 

To find out more or to donate, visit: www.hbcac.org

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Working Our Way Through Winter

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Subject: Winter News from Huntington Breast Cancer
WINTER 2014
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition:
Working Our Way Through Winter

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CW Post and Sustainability

Stony Brook University Graduates & Grassroots

Need a Helping Hand?

Wowing Them in Wisconsin

Looking Good - But at What Price?


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“Woman of the Year”

We are proud to announce that Karen Joy Miller, Presidentand Founder of Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC) was recently named a “Woman of the Year” by the Town of Huntington Times Beacon.


This honor recognized Karen’s dedication and outstanding service to the community where she began as a grassroots activist in 1976.

A long-time Huntington resident, Karen continues her work through HBCAC and is a well-recognized and highly respected leader in the breast cancer and environmental health movement on Long Island.

Congratulations
and Thank You Karen!


Caitlin Knowles

Caitlin Knowles - One of our 2013 HBCAC SSERP Winners, during her research at NIEHS.

Educate. Advocate. Empower.

Despite the frigid temperatures and mounds of snow, HBCAC has been hard at work! We are pleased to share some news about recent happenings and upcoming events in our continuing effort to serve and educate the public about important environmental health issues-locally, state-wide and nationally!

Sustainability Gains Support at C.W. Post
Successful Presentation Leads to HBCAC Support

On March 3rd, we were pleased to present a workshop at C.W. Post entitled “Creating Healthy & Sustainable Communities” to the students of Professor Scott Carlin’s Sustainable Land Use and Transportation class.

The workshop was not only well received by the students, but HBCAC also received a wonderful letter of support from C.W. Post’s Sustainability Coordinator, William Achnitz, who “...was impressed with the work that HBCAC is doing...” and would “... love to help promote it on our campus sustainability blog...” We thank C.W. Post for their kind comments and offer of support!

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Graduates & Grassroots
at Stony Brook University
Training The Next Generation

For the 3rd consecutive year, HBCAC has been invited to team up with Stony Brook University staff to present our “Connection with the Community” Workshop. Working with Drs. Evonne Kaplin-Liss and Aldustus Jordan, HBCAC continued the critically important work of teaching SBU Public Health Graduate students how to successfully connect with the community, engage non-profits and get involved with public health organizations and activities.

It is these students who will become the future advocates for environmental health. We are pleased and proud to help them obtain the knowledge that will lead to successful and meaningful careers in public health!

QUICK LINK: HBCAC Documentary Debuts on NIEHS Website
Check out our PHEP Students & Scientists Video

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A Helping Hand for Those Fighting Breast Cancer

As part of our ongoing community service, HBCAC continues to offer a program of services for Huntington town residents diagnosed with breast cancer. Services we offer through this program include:
* Food and medical transportation assistance
* Support group resources & professional resource guides
* Emergency breast cancer medication & surgical dressings
* Lymphedema compression garments

In addition to the important services above, HBCAC’s “Lend a Helping Hand” program can also help ease the day-to-day stress of fighting this disease by arranging helpful services like housecleaning and activities to help you relax and rejuvenate (massage, yoga classes, etc.).

So if you - or any Huntington resident you know - could use a “helping hand”, be sure to contact us today. Call us at: 631-547-1518 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

HBCAC Scholarship Winner Shines at BCERP 2013
Caitlin Knowles Wows Them In Wisconsin

Though the title of her project may sound intimidating, Caitlin Knowles-the 2013 HBCAC Student and Scientist Environmental Research Scholarship Program (SSERSP) Winner-calmly took center stage in November 2013 to present her abstract and projectposter for “The Effect of Prenatal Herbicide Exposure on Mammary Gland Growth, Development, and Lesions in Adult Female Sprague-Dawley Rats”researched under the guidance of world-renowned researcher, Suzanne Fenton, PhD at NIEHS Triangle Research Park, NC.

HBCAC is proud to have yet another SSERSP winner recognized at such an important national conference. Read more about Caitlin and her Huntington Youth Council presentation in our Spring Newsletter!

With Many Thanks
A Fond Farewell...

HBCAC would like to wish a fond farewell to our own Kelsey Domino
- the consummate professional. You will be missed! Best wishes

Looking Good - But at What Price?
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For today’s youth (and those of us who are “young at heart”), the importance of looking good can play a huge role in social circles and self-esteem. But we believe its important to identify the potential health hazards that some personal care products present. At the invitation of Councilwoman Susan Berland, on March 4th, we presented a program entitled “Environmental Awareness: Identifying Endocrine Disruptors in Personal Care Products and the Health Risks They Pose” to the TOH Youth Council.

25 young men and women attended with genuine interest, wishing they had more time to discuss additional toxic chemicals. It was a great experience for all and we look forward to addressing three more high school classes in April!
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc. (HBCAC, Inc.) is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit grass roots organization which was founded in 1992. HBCAC is dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness. Our mission is to focus on prevention methods while actively helping those who are faced with a positive diagnosis.

To find out more or to donate, visit: www.hbcac.org

 
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