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

In This Issue
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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HBCAC President
“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.

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!


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

Know Someone Who “Needs a Hand”?

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 email 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?
townyouthcouncil_tnTown of Huntington Youth CouncilTown of Huntington Youth Council

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

pink october presentation 2013 kurt left and michael right bohlsen and huntington breast cancer action coalition members

Six years and $76,000 later the BOHLSEN Restaurant Group and Eat, Drink and Think Pink October is still a triumph!

Last Thursday, owners of Bohlsen Restaurant Group, Michael and Kurt Bohlsen, presented a check in support raised for four of Long Islands finest. Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition along with Babylon, West Islip and Islip received a $6,000 donation as a result of their Eat, Drink & Think Pink month long campaign. This marks a grand total of $76,000 since the event began six years ago.

“We are proud to say, thanks to the patronage of our diners, we continue to host our annual Eat, Drink and Think Pink October. The purpose is to raise funds for local breast cancer coalitions and at the same time raise awareness about breast cancer prevention. The cause is close to our hearts as a family and employer... It also serves our customers well. The work these coalitions do locally is very helpful to those in the communities where we were born, raised, live and work,” says Michael Bohlsen.

For every dish or drink ordered from Prime throughout October, the group donated $1- $2 to benefit the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (www.hbcac.org). Each year, chefs from the group’s leading Long Island restaurants create dedicated pink-themed menu items comprised of antioxidants.

"Breast cancer organizations depend on support from the business community. We are very grateful to our friends at PRIME RESTAURANT for their support and long term partnership," HBCAC President, Karen Miller.

The November 14th event took place at Monsoon: Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon Village. HBCAC advocates took part in the evening and were able to enjoy the great food, atmosphere and company.

pink october presentation 2013 michael and kurt bohlsen with local breast cancer coalition presidents


Fabulous Fall Events 2013

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process;

working together is success"

-Henry Ford

Message from the President:


We thank everyone who has given us a great year so far, and look forward to continued partnerships. Please take look to see what events we have coming up and what is in store for HBCAC in the next few months.


-Karen Joy Miller


As we once again welcome fall, HBCAC would also like welcome new partnerships, new experiences, new opportunities, and take a moment to thank our continued strong standing relationships that we have developed over the years.


When asked to be a panelist of a national webinar earlier this month hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) - Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH), we were pleased to participate. Using this remarkable opportunity, HBCAC President Karen Joy Miller discussed the extraordinary success of the Students and Scientist Environmental Research Scholarship Program. The webinar titled, "Empowering Our Youth to Address Environmental Public Health,"highlighted projects that work with the youth to increase their awareness of the connection between environmental exposures and health to build their skills to become involved in the world of research.


Simultaneously, we were proud to announce the debut of our short documentary "Empowering Our Youth: Encouraging Guardians of the Future." Focusing on the Students and Scientist Environmental Research Scholarship Program, the film takes a closer look into how programs like these have an impact on students, their families, communities and the world of science.  We want to thank Rick Ricioppo, Interim Director, of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism Graduate Program.  This documentary would not have been possible without his hard work and dedication; as well valued partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.


The strong and continuous support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Cancer Institute, our fantastic students and their families, affiliated high schools, scientists and research institutes who enable our program and all the volunteers of HBCAC, allow our program to grow.


The partnerships that we have developed with businesses in our community are a driving force behind our coalition. To kickoff October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to highlight the businesses that spread awareness for the "Pathway to Prevention, Prevention is the Cure." We would like to thank, Panera Bread for their outstanding support over the past several years through The Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign; as well as, The Bohlsen Restaurant Group and their Eat, Drink & Think Pink Campaign. This year, we welcome Jack Berleth & Sons, Inc., Anthony DeFranco Salon and Spa and Brighton Jewelry for their invaluable affiliation. To find out how you can support HBCAC and these local community businesses throughout the year, please click on the logos below.


Additionally mark your calendars to STRIKE up an evening of bowling with HBCAC! Please join us onSaturday, October 19th for our annual Bowling Fundraiser. For more information or to register please click on the link below.


Yours in good health,


Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc.

Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign Logo
Panera Bread
Pink Ribbon
Bagel Campaign
Throughout the month of October,
help us fight breast cancer by purchasing a Pink Ribbon Bagel.
A portion of the
proceeds will benefit HBCAC.
Click here to find out more information.

Jack Berleth & Sons, Inc.
has pledged to donate
$10 for every service call
performed in October,
For more information please visit them online.
164 N. New York Ave.
Halesite, NY 11743

Anthony DeFranco
Salon and Spa
The Cause"
Thursday October 17th- Sunday October 20th
Click here for
more information
333 E. Jericho TPKE
Huntington, 11746

New this year, HBCAC is partnering up with
Brighton Collectibles
for their
"Power of Pink Collection"
To purchase a "Power of Pink" bracelet, click here.

Bohlsen Resturant Group
6th Annual
Eat, Drink & Think Pink

October 1st through 31st
To find out
which restaurants are 
click here.

...up an evening
with HBCAC!
Saturday, October 9th
Click here to register.
Come SPARE us your time, and STRIKE up some fun!

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