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Incoming Auxiliary Co-Presidents Linda Levitt (far left) and Linda Bloom (far right) with incoming BCAG Vice President Bobbi Wasserman (center).
The Breast Cancer Action Group (BCAG)of Einstein Healthcare Network held their annual Symposium and dinner on Thursday, May 9 at Philmont Country Club. This year’s presentation, "Generation to Generation: Breaking the L’dor Vador of Cancer" focused on the genetic links associated with breast cancer. Attendees were treated to conversations with Einstein’s breast cancer program physicians as well as breast cancer survivors. "The breast surgeons select three patients who have a special story to tell to uplift and energize the group," says Ronnie Somers, Past President of the Women's Auxiliary. For more than two decades, the BCAG--in partnership with the general membership of Einstein Healthcare Network’s Auxiliary and the Office of Development--has been making a difference in the lives of women affected by breast cancer by offering education on breast health, supporting families of breast cancer patients, and advocating for patient rights. Besides providing outreach to those dealing with the effects of a breast cancer diagnosis, BCAG also donates money to the Women in Need (WIN) Program, a breast cancer treatment program for women who have little or no health insurance. BCAG provides support in other ways too, like purchasing wigs for cancer patients who otherwise couldn't afford them. "Losing hair is very emotional for women," explains Dr. Lisa Jablon, breast surgeon and WIN Project Director. "Having an attractive wig can boost a woman's self-image and lift her spirit...and a healthy mind and spirit are important during recovery."Janet Lewin has served as the BCAG’s vice president since 2007. A seventeen year breast cancer survivor herself, Lewin understands how important a group like BCAG can be for women with breast cancer. When asked what BCAG can offer, she quickly points to the group’s mission statement. “The first line of our mission statement reads ‘The Breast Cancer Action Group is committed to empowering women in the fight against breast cancer.’ We’re all there for the same cause, but I truly think that sums up best what we do,” she shares. “BCAG serves as a resource for all women who have been affected by breast cancer,” states Kimberly Gross, Director of Special Events and Volunteer Relations for Einstein Healthcare Network. Assisting with the Symposium’s organization for the last ten years, Kimberly has seen first-hand the network of support BCAG provides. “Through BCAG, patients, survivors friends and family all come together, from every walk of life, to support each other emotionally and physically. The women that come to the Symposium have an instant bond with each other. They trust each other and know that each is there to support the other.”For more information about Einstein Healthcare Network’s Breast Cancer Action Group (BCAG), click here or contact Kimberly Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.