June 3rd Event at New York Hilton Midtown Celebrated Innovation and Impact in

Breast Cancer and Raised Funds for Breast Health Services for

Medically Underserved New Yorkers

Susan G. Komen® Greater NYC honored innovation and impact in the breast cancer field at The Impact Awards luncheon, which took place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown. During the Luncheon, Komen Greater NYC saluted the following individuals and organizations committed to raising awareness, saving lives and eradicating breast cancer:

§         José Baselga, MD, PhD (Physician of Impact Award) — Physician-in-Chief, Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center– the award was presented by Komen Greater NYC’s Medical Advisory Chair and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and founder and head of their Brooklyn Breast Cancer Center, Patrick Borgen, MD

§         God’s Love We Deliver (Community Impact & Innovation Award)— Accepted by Karen Pearl, President & CEO – the award was presented by director, producer, singer, actress and God’s Love board member Tamara Tunie

§         Pfizer, Inc. (Corporate Impact Award)—Accepted by Dr. Nicole Shaffer, DNP, CRNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Director, Occupational Health& Wellness – the award was presented by event host Josh Elliott of NBC Sports

§         Amy Robach (Surviving with Impact Award) — ABC News journalist, Good Morning America news anchor– the award was presented by event host and former Good Morning America colleague Josh Elliott

“We are extremely pleased to be honoring these organizations and individuals who are having such an impact on the fight against breast cancer,” said Linda McNeil Tantawi, Komen Greater NYC CEO.  “Our honorees are all doing their part in the fight, whether it’s:

§         Being a prominent board-certified medical oncologist focused on the development of novel molecular targeted agents focused on eradicating breast cancer;

§         Providing meals and nutrition education to women with breast cancer and their families;

§         Being a company deeply committed to women facing breast cancer and dedicated to using innovation toward developing new breast cancer treatments; and,

§         Serving as a role model for the importance of early detection by having a mammogram on live television and sharing the subsequent breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

These people and organizations are making a difference every day,” stated Tantawi.

Through events like The Impact Awards and the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, Komen Greater NYC funds local breast health education and outreach, screening coordination, treatment and support service programs for uninsured, underinsured, ethnic minority, immigrant, LGBT and disabled residents of the five boroughs of New York City, all of Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland Counties.

“Breast cancer knows no boundaries and attacks indiscriminately,” Tantawi said. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we work to remove barriers and ensure access to essential culturally- and linguistically-appropriate breast health screening, treatment, education, outreach and support services.Age, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status should not impede anyone from getting the care they need,” she stated. 

The event was hosted by NBC Sports personality and former ABC News and Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott.

Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor:    Pfizer, Inc.

Diamond:         Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Sandra Kozlowski

Sapphire:         Maimonides Medical Center

Amethyst:         1010 WINS& Fresh 102.7, Accenture, ANN, INC., Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, CBS2& WLNY 10/55, Angeles Kozlowski, Blythe Masters & Gareth Evans, Mercedes Benz of Brooklyn, PepsiCo, Inc., The Pinter Family, Vinson & Elkins, LLP

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