Scot Haney from Channel 3 will speak at the Swim’s 18th annual Breast Cancer Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn.
The event will begin with a silent auction at 10 a.m., followed by a champagne lunch at noon.
Haney appears on the WFSB-TV’s Early Warning Weather team from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and co-hosts the station’s “Better Connecticut” show. The luncheon is particularly personal for Haney as his mother is a breast cancer survivor, and he was close by as she went through the challenging ordeal.
Trumbull resident to be honored
The luncheon also will honor Susan Kiley of Trumbull, a six-year breast cancer survivor who, when she was diagnosed with the disease, made a personal promise to God that she would help others in her situation in a specific way.
Kiley kept her promise, spending a year to become certified as a yoga instructor. Today, she teaches yoga to cancer patients and survivors through St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem Cancer Center programs.
“Yoga has become a part of my life, thanks to this program,” said one of Kiley’s students. “And it’s not just the yoga that so wonderful. The class is part of my family, we support each other long after the treatments are over.”
Assisting women at risk
All donations raised from the luncheon will be used to fund programs to increase access to mammography and prevention services for local women at risk. Screening services are offered through the digital mobile mammography coach as well as the Swim Across the Sound Women’s Imaging Center.
The Swim also provides wigs, prostheses, medical assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, daycare scholarships, and support groups and services.
Corporate underwriting sponsorships allow 100% of the luncheon proceeds to be used to fund Swim programs.
Tickets for the luncheon are $125 each. For information call the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation at 203-576-5451 or go to www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org/bcl2013.
The impact of breast cancer
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, with one out of eight women facing breast cancer during the course of their lives.
It is estimated that in 2013, more than more than 232,300 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and almost 40,000 will die from the disease.