By Eden Laikin
To kick of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Linda Mangano, wife of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, spoke about hope, awareness and the importance of early detection before lighting pink the dome of the historic Executive & Legislative Building to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Mangano was joined at the Glow of Hope Ceremony by Geri Barish, President of 1 in 9 / Hewlett House; Dr. George Autz; Breast Imager, South Nassau Communities Hospital; Colleen O’Brien, Nurse Navigator, Winthrop University Hospital; County Legislator Rose Walker; and Julie D’Apice, a Breast Cancer Survivor.
“As we salute breast cancer survivors this evening, we are reminded of the importance of early detection,” Linda told those gathered. “We must all pledge to carry this message, not only this month, but throughout the year. Together we can make the critical difference.”
Mangano said the dome is lit to commemorate women and men who have been threatened by breast cancer and those who have lost their lives.
“This light represents a beacon of hope – we can fight the disease and the best prevention is screening and early detection,” she said. “Until we have a cure, that’s our best weapon.”
In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, and 2,240 men in the United States.
Nassau County and NUMC have teamed up to offer free mammography screenings to uninsured women over 40 at NUMC. Also, NUMC has a Mobile Mammography Van traveling to every part of the County, with a special effort of outreach to Minority neighborhoods where the need may be greater.