Cancer Support Team’s 21st Annual Gayle K. Lee Health Awareness Luncheon took place on October 10th at the Scarsdale Golf Club in Hartsdale. Nearly 215 people attended and over $75,000 was raised.
Dr. Elizabeth Comen from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) spoke about her work with breast cancer patients as well as the results she is getting in her on-going Immunotherapy trials. “Immunotherapy has dramatically changed how we treat cancer. We enhance the immune system to be able to find and fight cancer cells.”
Honorary chair Carol Petrillo from Mamaroneck as well as co-chairs Betty Kelly (Mamaroneck) and Jean Meyerowitz (Larchmont), were delighted with the turn out. “Cancer Support Team is a real resource in this community,” says Betty Kelly. “Patients, survivors, family and friends all want to learn more about the latest developments in cancer treatment.”
Carol Petrillo continued, “CST is the “go to” agency for information and support. Events like this one help people learn not only about current research but also about the wonderful work this group does – our nurses go to patients’ homes; volunteers provide rides to treatment. CST is there to make the cancer experience easier.’’
Cancer Support Team provides nursing, case management, and social work services all at no cost to the patients and families who live in southern Westchester County. CST relies on grants, donations and events to be able to continue its work. The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe is an annual contributor. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as Genentech were community sponsors of the luncheon.