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FEBRUARY 2010                     

Dear Lisa,
Happy New Year!  On behalf of everyone at Women At Risk, we'd like to extend our deepest thanks to you, our supporters, for allowing us to maintain and expand our programs throughout 2009, even in this difficult financial climate.  We are excited to start the new decade by helping more and more women and families affected by breast cancer!  In this edition of our E-Newsletter, you will find:
Luncheon Save The Date 
Advocacy Updates
Support Group Holiday Festivities
Alternative Therapies for Wellness & Recovery Lecture

Young Leaders Kickoff Event



Please join us on Monday, May 10, 2010 for Women At Risk's 19th Annual Luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria.

 Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Susan Love

President, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Author, "Dr. Susan Love's  Breast Book" and "Live a Little: Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health"

Invitations will be mailed in early April.


WAR Advocate Reviews Department of Defense Breast Cancer Studies

"Now, I am really part of the process as to where we are heading in finding a cure for breast cancer.  Empowering, taking control of one's life just skims the surface as to how I feel." - Mindy Goldstein

 mindy.jpeg At the end of January, Mindy Goldstein represented Women At Risk as a breast cancer advocate by evaluating research proposals submitted to the Department of Defense's Breast Cancer Research Program.  As a consumer reviewer, Mindy voted alongside prominent scientists to determine how the $150 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2009 will be spent on future breast cancer research.

Mindy was one of 159 consumer advocates who have participated in the FY09 peer review meetings by commenting on and scoring research proposals based on the impact of the research on issues such as disease prevention, screening and quality of life after treatment.  As an advocate, she not only represented Women At Risk, but also the collective view of breast cancer survivors, patients, family members and women at risk for the disease.  We congratulate Mindy on her outstanding contribution to advancing quality breast cancer research! 

To read Mindy's full reflections on the experience, click here.

Join us in Albany!

On Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, Women At Risk will join breast cancer advocates from all over New York state for the 12th Annual New York State Breast Cancer Network Education & Advocacy Day in Albany.  The day starts at 8:30AM with a morning program, followed by an afternoon of meetings with state legislators to promote the NY State Breast Cancer Network's 2010 Priorities: Promoting Health Literacy in New York State, Prescription Drug Co-pay Limits, NYS Green Procurement Bill, & Restricting Bisphenol A (BPA) in Children's Products.  Advocates will be asked to attend a short training on Tuesday, March 4th at the SHARE office in midtown Manhattan.

Women At Risk will be coordinating transportation to Albany with SHARE and the Young Survival Coalition. If you are interested in attending as an advocate with Women At Risk, please contact Lisa Held at or (212) 305-3269.


This December, the women from Women At Risk's breast cancer support group came together for the holidays to celebrate another year of supporting and helping each other through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.  Many of the doctors who made their journey possible, including Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph, Dr. Sheldon Feldman, & Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman, also attended.

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The whole group together.

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Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph, WAR's Medical Director, and Maudene Nelson.

       Prevent-Cure-Empower, a new Women's Health and Wellness Lecture Series for breast cancer patients, survivors, and women at high risk for the disease, presents:


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Featuring: Amy Shapses, P.T. & Kelley MonDesire', DA,AP,L.Ac.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010---6:00-7:00PM

W. Duane Todd Amphitheathre, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

630 W. 168th St. (between Broadway and Fort Washington)

16th Floor, Room 16-405

Admission is free, but space is limited. To RSVP, email or call (212)305-3269.    


On Tuesday, January 26th, Women At Risk held a kickoff event to introduce and recruit members for the new Young Leaders Committee.  A group of passionate, motivated young professionals came together to discuss ways they can get involved and and contribute to fighting breast cancer with Women At Risk.  The committee will meet again in February to discuss its agenda for the year.

About the Young Leaders Committee: This committee will provide an opportunity for community members to take an active role in supporting Women At Risk.  The Young Leaders Committee will focus on supporting WAR and impacting the local community by organizing fundraising events, connecting WAR with other community groups and  associations, and working with WAR's leadership, staff and volunteers to expand the organization's support and growth.

If you missed the kickoff event but are interested in joining this committee, contact Kavita Desai at or (212) 305-4486.



Breast Cancer Support Group: February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, 2-3PM, Conference Room, Garden Floor, Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Fort Washington Ave., New York, NY 10032

Spanish-Language Breast Cancer Support Group: February 11, March 25, 10-11:30AM, 7th Floor, Room 213, Milstein Hospital Building, 177 Fort Washington Ave., New York, NY 10032

High-Risk Support Group: March 24, 6-7:30PM, 10th Floor, Room 1035, Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Fort Washington Ave., New York, NY 10032



Women At Risk (WAR®) is the breast cancer program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center whose mission is to enhance the lives of women at high risk for the development of breast cancer and women with breast cancer through research, education and support.  For more information, visit or

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