Babylon Breast Cancer Newsletter


A Word From The Board

Hello Everyone,

It has been quite a year since I took over the role of president. In my previous “Word from the Board,” I had made an appeal to our Babylon Township community. Well, you certainly answered! Thank you all for donating, taking part in so many of our wonderful fundraisers, enrolling in sponsorships for our Tanger 5K, and buying journal ads for the Chefs for a Cause event. In addition, many of our community business owners have held fundraisers for our benefit! It surely takes more than a village; it takes a township, and I am very proud to be part of this Babylon Township.

Our BBCC team has worked so incredibly hard to meet our participants’ needs. I thank each and every one, and I’m proud to work alongside my wonderful board, an army of volunteers, and Terry Prag and Beverly Flaherty, our office angels. Everyone involved is equally dedicated to our cause.

Moving forward, we’ll continue to strive to assist all those in need in our Babylon Township who’ve been diagnosed with breast and/or gynecological cancer. We are offering terrific, volunteer-driven mind/body/soul programs for our participants in treatment. But this year’s goal is to reach out to you, our community, and to secure business sponsorships. If you own a company or are employed by a company that would be interested in sponsoring our coalition, we would be grateful for the opportunity of partnering with you. With the sponsorship of one or more businesses, our grassroots, nonprofit organization would certainly be able to carry out our mission much more easily.

Again, thank you to our community for helping us to help others!

Karen Kunkel, Volunteer President

REGISTER TODAY FOR 10-1-17 5k Run/Walk Tanger Outlets Deer Park Benefiting the BBCC

TANGER FIT FOR A CURE 5K 2017 RUN/WALK Benefiting the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition








Tanger Outlets 9th Annual Fitness for Families, brought to you by Under Armour!

Tanger wants to ensure that family fitness continues to be an important part of the future of our community. On Sunday, October 1, Tanger will host the 9th annual 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8:30 am. Join your friends and neighbors as we all Get Moving Together for a great cause.

Proceeds from each $25 pre-registration fee for adults (or $15 for those 12 years old or younger)/$30 day of race registration fee for all age groups, will benefit the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition. Participants will receive a special 5k race pack which includes a commemorative race t-shirt sponsored by Under Armour (for the first 900 participants who check in). All finishers will also receive a commemorative 2017 race medal.

Packet Pickup Location will be in the Under Armour Store! We’re offering extended hours for pickup, pre-race!

Join us immediately following the race for the awards presentation, prize giveaways and a complimentary cookout for all of the race participants. Register now at, online registration ends on Wednesday, September 27th, at 11:59pm. Registration on the day of the race begins at 6:00am and ends promptly at 8:00am. This is a timed, 5K (3.1 mile) event. USA Track & Field Certified Course. Timing provided by Results Timing.

In the Spotlight: A Survivor’s Story

Paying It Forward!!

My last chemo treatment was on March 24, 2017. When I told Terry, LAHH Program Coordinator at the BBCC, she said now I can ring the chemo bell. Chemo bell? What’s a chemo bell?

I had been going to the new Imbert Cancer Center in Bay Shore for my chemo treatments and had never heard a bell ring for the three months of my treatment there. The nurses told me they didn’t have one.

But patients need to celebrate their wellness. It’s an exciting ritual of ringing a bell three times to symbolize the end of your treatment. So, the Imbert Cancer Center needed a chemo bell, and I decided I was on a mission to get them one. This was something I had to do!

I did some research and saw that a poem goes along with the bell. Terry showed me one that she had donated to her cancer treatment center to give me an idea.

I had a bell. It was my father’s that had been mounted on his boat. He rang it every time a fish was brought onboard. He was an avid fisherman who passed away 10 years ago from lung cancer. The bell has been sitting in my shed for all this time since I didn’t know what to do with it. It now hangs on a plaque with an engraved plate that reads:

Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say
My treatment’s done
This course is run
And I am on my way

I brought the chemo bell plaque to the Imbert Cancer Center, and they were absolutely thrilled! All the nurses came to see the plaque and hear the story about my father’s bell. When I officially rang that bell loud and clear, the patients all heard it and got excited. One man was receiving his last treatment today. He rang that bell, and it was music to my ears! My father would be proud. His old bell now has a new home and a new mission!

By Corinne Amico

SURVIVOR Corinne Amico

Donated Bell to Imbert Cancer Center

Volunteer In The Spotlight

Be On The Lookout For Kathy Thomas

“Assistant Event Coordinator”

Kathy Thomas has been a volunteer for the BBCC for over 5 years now.  Kathy is a key player interacting with the restaurants at our annual Chefs for A Cause dinners and helping at our Tanger 5K Run/Walk every year in the registration and start/finish line areas.

Kathy now serves as Assistant Event Coordinator and attends the Spring and Fall Festivals in Babylon, Lindenhurst and West Islip, as well as Earth Day at Babylon Town Hall.  Kathy secures volunteers for these events, sets up and packs up at the end of the day.

 We appreciate all her help at these various events….stop by our table at one of the fairs and say “Hello” to Kathy!





Shopping Dilemma … Should you buy organic produce?

Contributed by Beverly Flaherty, BBCC’s Be Smart Program Coordinator

Every time we go to the grocery store, we are surrounded by choices in the produce department. Organic produce costs more money, but is it necessary? Do we need to buy organic to be healthy? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come up with a guide to pesticides in produce. The “Dirty 12” show a high concentration of pesticides, even after they are washed and peeled, so it’s a good idea to buy these as organic. The “Clean 15” are less likely to hold pesticide residues and so are safer to purchase. For more information, visit the EWG website at

EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce Copyright  Environmental Working Group,                    Reproduced with permission

The Board of the Coalition

The Board of the Coalition

President and Board

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Thank You Pink Aid!

The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition has been named one of five new Pink Aid Grantees for 2017.

Thank You Pink Aid!

The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition has been named one of five new Pink Aid Grantees for 2017.

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