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17th Annual Walk For Beauty Raises $50,000 For Breast Cancer And Prostate Cancer Research

17th Annual Walk For Beauty Raises $50,000 For Breast Cancer And Prostate Cancer Research

Ward Melville Heritage Organization Presents Check to Cancer Center at SBUMC

STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 29, 2011 – A check for $50,000, representing funds raised through the 17th annual “Walk for 

Presenting a $50,000 check to Stony Brook University Cancer Center from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization are Gloria Rocchio, President, left front, and Judy Shivak. Also pictured, from left: Theodore Gabig, M.D., Interim Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center; Jason C. Ganz, M.D.; Walk for Beauty Committee members Michael Ardolino, Carol Simco, and Kara Hahn; Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine; Walk for Beauty Committee members Stefanie Fisher, representing Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher, and Rosemarie Gomez; Wadie Bahou, M.D., Vice Dean, Office of Scientific Affairs, School of Medicine; Robert C. Rizzo, Ph.D., and Yulin Huang.

Beauty, Walk for Life,” was presented on Friday, April 29, at the Cancer Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. 

The Walk for Beauty, Walk for Life was held on Oct. 3. Co-sponsored by Stony Brook University and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the event has raised nearly $1 million for breast and prostate cancer research at Stony Brook University Medical Center since its inception in 1994.

The proceeds will help fund the work of two researchers at Stony Brook University – Jason C. Ganz, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, regarding  breast reconstruction, and Robert C. Rizzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Statistics and Applied Mathematics, researching molecular anti-cancer targets in breast cancer. Assisting Dr. Rizzo is graduate student Yulin Huang.

During its first eight years, the walk raised funds exclusively for breast cancer research. In 2002, the walk broadened its scope to include prostate cancer as well. For 2011, organizers are returning to the event’s original focus on breast cancer research exclusively.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Stony Brook Village Center. The honoree will be Dr. Brian O’Hea, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Chief of Surgical Oncology, Chief of the Breast Service and Director of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

About Stony Brook University Medical Center:

Stony Brook University Medical Center is Long Island’s only university-based academic medical center. It serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Center, Cancer Center, the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences, and the Gastroenterology Program. Stony Brook provides Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit

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