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September 6, 2016

Breast Cancer Survivors Speak at Annual Celebration

News from the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program
Contact: Lyn Dobrin, 516-997-8545

September 6, 2016

Breast Cancer Survivors Speak at Annual Celebration
Executive Director Hillary Rutter to be Honored

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program will honor its director, Hillary Rutter, LCSW, and four breast cancer survivors at the annual Celebration of Survivorship to be held on Tuesday, October 25, 6 pm, at the Ruth S. Harley University Center Ballroom at Adelphi University in Garden City.

Ms. Rutter has been the director of the program for 20 years, leading a staff and cadre of 100 volunteers who provide emotional support and information to New Yorkers concerned about breast cancer. Says Dr. Andrew Safyer, dean of the Adelphi School of Social Work: “Hillary Rutter is a woman of great integrity, resourcefulness and perseverance. Under her steadfast leadership, she has insured that the women of New York have entry to vital information, guidance, and emotional support as they struggle with a breast cancer diagnosis.”

A panel of four breast cancer survivors will speak of their experiences. Dr. Donna Bacon, a 10 year survivor, is a Professor and Chairperson of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Nassau Community College; Bonnie Oringer, JD, (four years) is a Certified Exercise Specialist, Health Coach and Personal Trainer at the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center; Dorothy Vance Forte (one year) is V.P. of Outreach and a Director at Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer; and Bonnie Hirschhorn (18 years) is an outreach volunteer with the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program.

There is no charge for this event however donations are appreciated. There will be a gift for the first 100 donors of $20 or more. A light supper is provided. Reservations are required; call 516-877-4325 or email

Anyone who is worried about breast cancer should call the hotline for help at 800-877-8077.  You are not alone.

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