: FIGS & FRIENDS, A FRIGID FIRE
form a team at The Revlon Run /Walk for Women's Cancers.
EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women New York
The Revlon Run/Walk for women’s cancers
was an event I had been aware of for many years, but had never participated in.
Like most of us I knew women that had suffered from breast, ovarian or uterine
cancer. After being diagnosed with breast cancer myself in the spring of 2009
and spending most of the rest of that year undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and
radiation, this event held a greater meaning for me. The fact that this was sponsored by the Entertainment Industry also made me feel
connected as I had worked in the theatre early in my career.
FIGS celebrating my end of treatment with me November 2009!
L to R - Maxine Hayden, Bonnie Glazer Joyce White, Marlene Feldman,
Carol Leib, Gena Goldstein,
Me & Joan Weiss
So in the spring of 2010 I registered for
the event online and began to raise money by contacting friends, family &
co-workers. In mentioning this to a
Glazer, I found out that she had been participating in this event since it
began – 13 years ago. Her journey began as a result of a co-worker being
diagnosed with breast cancer. Her commitment inspired me. Along with her
daughter, Jennifer Ludwig and niece Lisa Kaplan, she has been doing this walk
every year (missing a day on
help raise money for women’s cancers.
Needless to say I was emotionally
overwhelmed participating in my first walk in 2010. Walking over to
from Grand Central Station and seeing all
the people in the streets wearing Revlon WOMENTUM™ t-shirts and hats and then seeing the sea of people on
, I began to cry. So many
people are affected by these cancers! It was wonderful to have friends to share
this event with! While walking we came up with the idea of the FIGS (Fire
Island Girls) & FRIENDS team name which we registered for the 2011 walk!
This year, 2011, the FIGS & FRIENDS raised almost $7,000 for women’s cancers! The
team comprised of Bonnie, Jennifer, Lisa, me and a new team member, Gena Goldstein. The FIGS & FRIENDS walked to create WOMENTUM™! And it was a celebration for
me being cancer free for two years!
Minda, Gena &
Bonnie (the FIGS)
Jennifer & Lisa
Although we had a great
outpouring of support via donations, for 2012 we hope to get a larger
participating team of FIGS & FRIENDS together. With more participants we
can hire a Tommy’s Taxi (or two) to pick us up at the finish line and whisk us
out to Bayshore - (Margaritas served!)
Minda Chipurnoi Finkelstein
REVLON EIT INFO - We Support
A donation to the Entertainment
Industry Foundation Revlon Run Walk for Women supports organizations and
programs that research the cause and cure of women's cancers and provide
support programs for women's cancer patients and their families.
Proceeds from the
Run/Walk are distributed to a variety of charitable organizations leading the
fight against women's cancers.
Your Pledges Help Support 2011 Beneficiaries.
national and New York area beneficiaries are dedicated to researching the cause
and cure of women's cancers and providing support programs for women's cancer
patients and their families.
Actors Fund of
The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health
Initiative (PNWHI) serves women in the entertainment and performing arts
community confronting cancer and other serious health diagnoses. PNWHI offers the patient navigation services
through medical and support options, and provides guidance for basic life
issues, e.g., returning to work, disability, as well as imparting coping skills
through individual and group counseling. PNWHI is a portal to The Fund's almost two-dozen other human services
The Psychosocial Oncology Program of
is one of the primary organizations to offer free counseling, education, and
mind-body therapies to cancer patients/caregivers in
. Through EIF/Revlon support, the "Bronx
Oncology Living Daily" Outreach Program will focus efforts on reaching out
to the most underserved and socially isolated cancer patients in the
with accessible and portable psychosocial support
and care to meet their needs.
Assistance Project for Underserved Women provides a full array of free support
services to underserved women affected by breast and gynecological cancers and
their loved ones. Services include individual/group counseling, information and
educational programs about cancer and its treatment, practical help, and
referrals. For women who meet eligibility requirements, the project also
provides financial assistance for transportation to and from treatment,
homecare, childcare, and pain medication.
Gilda's Club New York City creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer - men,
women, children and teens - along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential
complement to medical care, providing support groups, workshops, lectures and
social activities, all free of charge. Funding will be used to help reach an expanding and more diverse
membership at out Manhattan Clubhouse and at community satellites in
, Brooklyn and the
The Gynecology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is
devoted to studying the molecular genetics and biology of ovarian cancer. Our
goal is to develop new screening approaches for ovarian cancer in order to
catch it in the earliest stages. Though ovarian cancer is known for having a
relatively high mortality rate, this is due entirely to the fact that the
disease is difficult to diagnose in its early stages. We have identified
genetic and anatomic markers associated with the origins of ovarian
cancer. We have also discovered
molecular targets that may improve the response to drug therapies. The long
term aims of these projects are expected to reduce the burden of ovarian cancer
through screening, prevention and improved treatment. (212)-639-2000.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans
and provides tools that empower people affected by cancer to advocate for
themselves. Founded by and for cancer
survivors in 1986, NCCS created the widely accepted definition of survivorship
and considers someone a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the
balance of life.
EIF Women’s Cancer Programs (National Women's Cancer
Research Alliance) The goal of the Entertainment
Industry Foundation's National Women's Cancer Research Alliance (NWCRA) is to
accelerate promising research to treat cancer patients more safely and to
increase patient access to some of the most significant clinical trials in the
nation. Co-founded with Lilly Tartikoff, EIF NWCRA
grants have yielded preliminary data demonstrating that all breast cancers are
not alike, and that malignancies in the breast can be divided into clearly
identifiable sub-types based on the pattern of their gene expression. That
explains why clinical outcomes for women treated with standard
one-size-fits-all treatment regimens vary widely. To improve these overall
outcomes, NWCRA researchers are committed to the development of new treatments
specifically designed for each sub-type of breast cancer. Institutions
receiving continued support to advance this work are Cold Spring Harbor
, Jonsson Cancer
National Breast Cancer Coalition. The
NWCRA has already had success with this approach using the drug Herceptin. There is also a new research effort in
identifying the unique pathways driving breast cancer in African-American
women. Finally, there is a major
research effort into the mechanisms driving ovarian cancer and how to treat
this disease with new approaches.
Ovarian Cancer National
Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer
The organization developed an educational program to inform health care
professionals about ovarian cancer symptoms. This program, Survivors Teaching
Students: Saving Women's Lives (STS), brings ovarian
cancer survivors into health professionals' classrooms to share stories and
information about the disease. STS has now educated 12,000 health care
professionals and continues to expand in schools across the country.
William F. Ryan Community Health Network a
not-for-profit Community Health Center that provides high quality, affordable,
primary, preventative and specialty health care and supportive services to
minority and medically underserved populations. Funds will be used to support
the Women's Health Education/Patient Navigator programs at Ryan's main site,
its satellite, Ryan-NENA, and its affiliate Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton, which serve,
collectively, the Upper West Side, Central Harlem, Washington Heights, Lower
East Side, and Chelsea/Clinton neighborhoods of
These beneficiaries are
selected by The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). EIF is 501(c)3
non-profit organization that provides philanthropic leadership and facilitates
the collective fundraising power of the entertainment industry to impact
critical issues and create positive social change by making researched
contributions to local and national charitable organizations.
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residents Minda Chipurnoi Finkelstein, Gena Goldstein and Bonnie Glazer. raised almost $7,000!
This is Bonnie's 13th year participating in this event, Minda's second and Gena's first.
We take part in the walk for all the women we know who have been
touched by this terrible disease.
We hope that our team will grow next year!
This blow by blow was
written by one of the members of the FHFD. I hope it helps.
From Heather McDonald, FHFD
We had a major fire in
yesterday where a
house burned to the ground. Members of The Fair Harbor Fire Department
responded and made sure that no neighboring homes or property
were damaged. No one was hurt in the fire and the house was not occupied
- things that we can all be grateful for. Photos of the house that show
what our Firefighters encountered upon arrival as well as the aftermath
FHFD Chief Scott Cherveny, First Assistant Chief Brendan Reynolds
and Captain Bobby Kerr provided the following report:
Things happened fast this afternoon. FHFD First Assistant Chief
Brendan Reynolds and Captain Bobby Kerr both saw smoke coming from the Eastern
near the Bay and notified Chief
Cherveny. First Assistant Chief Reynolds responded directly to the location and
Chief Cherveny headed to the fire house, called in the alarm and got things
moving. In less than 15 minutes they had water on the fire. The whole interior
of the house was burning when the Firefighters arrived. First Assistant Chief
Reynolds confirmed that the entire interior of the house was involved in the
fire and that nothing could be done to save it. The fire
was fought both from Walnut and Elm walks, using the surround and drown technique to protect the adjacent homes and property. Nothing else was lost
except the house. Firefighters from Kismet, Saltaire and
responded to fight the fire as well.
We had a great response from the members of the FHFD that were on
Island and also from others who responded quickly from off Island, including
Second and Third Assistant Chiefs Jesse Ostrow and Cedric Legret who responded
One item that the Commissioners and Department will be following
up on is the poor condition the walks were in due to the snow. The town of
did nothing to
clear the walks which made getting our equipment to the fire very difficult and
slowed the response time. We are following up with the Town of
on this issue.
Our thanks to all of the members of the FHFD that responded to the
fire and also to our neighboring Departments and local residents that assisted
in keeping this from becoming a bigger tragedy than the loss of one home.
Yesterday (1/13/11) around noon, the house belonging to Lucy and Phil Suarez on
Elm and the Bay caught fire.
In spite of the best efforts of the Fair Harbor Fire Department assisted by the
Kismet and Ocean Beach Fire Departments, the house could not be saved.
Luckily no one was injured as a result of the blaze, and no other homes were
This happened today on Walnut and the bay. No one was injured but
house totally destroyed. Looked like this when
the FD got there
Park Rangers Luke DeDominici and Joseph Rousseau assisted as well
running hose and securing the area.
John J. Stewart
Acting Chief Ranger
Fire Island National Seashore
Sent: Sat, January 15, 2011 8:07:24 AM
Fire Island News
, Kismet, Saltaire and
responded to the fire, as well as the
worked with FH EMTs.
Challenging conditions dominated the fire: extreme
cold, high water-front winds and almost a foot of snow. Boardwalks were impassable, hose was run over 1000 feet through the snow and
ice to the fire.
The fire also caused a 40 truck traffic jam on
Midway, as the road was closed for over three hours and the beachfront was
impassable due to over a foot of snow and ice, according to Ian Levine, Ocean
Beach Fire Department information officer. The school buses, going west to
bring Woodhull students home, and going east to drive
children back onto the beach to their homes, were also
delayed. Some children stayed at school and some went for impromptu playdates
at neighboring homes.
“The school did a great job of being prepared. Lots
of parents are firefighers, so they had up to the minute news on the conditions
and what would be safe,” said Tara McBride, Lonelyville mother of children in
Woodhull as well as on the mainland and Fire Island News columnist. Traci
Murphy handled the school’s phones and updated parents all afternoon.
Many firefighters were treated to a
multi-department “rehab”: health diagnosis and rest in the ambulance, after
battling the blaze.
The fire fighter, from
department, was one of the first responders. He was treated for smoke
inhalation and released later that evening.
“The response was amazing in these conditions. It
was all handled very professionally,” said McBride.
The cause of the fire is currently under