October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are many ways Great Neck people are making a difference.
Great Neck South High School graduate John Yang of was honored in March by Sen. Jack Martins on the floor of the New York State Senate for work conducted at Dr. Balaji Sitharaman's Laboratory through the "Students and Scientists United for Breast Cancer Prevention Research Program."
Yang recieved the Distinguished Reasearch Award from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a high school senior along with Kayla Neville of Commack high School.
"It's the first time that a distiguished research award has been given to anyone other than a professional researcher much less high school students," said Martins.
The project that was jointly sponsored by the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition and the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition. In the study, the two young scientists injected the experimental nanoparticle into human cells and discovered that the human body could tolerate the material.
Other Great Neck-related Breast Cancer Awareness Month events and news:
- Oct. 11: Benefit for the film, "Wake Up Call," screenplay by GNBCC honorary president and co-Founder: Barbara Masry. The film, co-written with Adam Nadler, deals with the impact of breast cancer on two women, one with insurance, one without. For more information, go to www.awakeupcallfilm.com.
- Oct. 14: 2nd Annual Walk for GNBCC, organized by John Ryan of Great Neck, takes place at Great Neck Senior Center at 80 Grace Avenue, Great Neck. Time and more details to be announced at a later date. More Info
- Oct. 17: Queens Library Women’s Health Conference at Central Library, Queens Public Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica presents, "NY Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do To Lower Your Risk" by Laura Weinberg of the GNBCC. More Info
- Nov. 15-16: Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program Conference (BCERP) . For more information visit www.bcerp.org. Laura Weinberg and Lisa Levine of GNBCC will attend along with high school students from our Students & Scientists Research Internship Program.