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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
To our readers, Each Tuesday inOctober, the staffs of The Record in Troy andThe Saratogian inSaratoga Springs willointly publish this spe-cial pink edition filledwith information about breast cancer aware-ness that we hope willboth inform you andinspire you.Some of you havealready sent alongideas for stories andinformation onundraising events that you want us to publishin our National Breast Cancer AwarenessMonth special sections.However, please knowwe welcome all storyidea suggestions andare happy to add anynew events to our calen-dar of events, which canbe found on pages 3 and4 of this edition. Pleasesend your informationto Editor Lisa Robert Lewis via email at llewis@troyrecord.comor call her at 518-270-1276.
Fighting against a devastating disease
By Kathryn Caggianelli
– When Troy business woman Corey Jamison lost her 53-year-old mother Kaleel Jamisonto breast cancer in1985 she vowed to find a way to fightthe disease responsible for creating a devastating voidin her life. At the time of her moth-er’s death, Jamison was acollege sophomore whoshared a special relation-ship with the woman whobrought her into the world.“We had the blessing of being able to talk about thethings she wasn’t going tobe here for,” Jamisonrecalled with emotion.“She wasable to say ‘This is what I would say to you when youget mar-ried, andthis is whatI would tell you when you getpregnantand have your first child,’and then she would tell me what she would want me toknow.”For the last eight yearsJamison, now 47, and pres-ident of Troy-based KaleelJamison ConsultingGroup, Inc., has participat-ed in the 40-mile AvonWalk in New York City insupport of not only findinga cure for breast cancer but also bringing financialassistance to immediately ease the hardships of those stricken with the dis-ease.This year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, slatedfor Oct. 20 and 21 in New  York City, will boast eightTeam Kaleel members who are hoping to raise aminimum of $20,000 to topthe $15,000 they raised last year.Everyone who walks inthe event is asked to raisea minimum of $1,800 inorder to participate. Asentrants, those funds alonerepresent a worthwhilecontribution to the fightagainst breast cancer.Specifically, $1,800 can buy prostheses for three unin-sured women who havelost a breast to cancer; pay for counseling and supportfor 24 newly diagnosedbreast cancer patients;and help cover the trans-portation costs for 180 low-income patients to a med-ical appointment. Additionally, a $25 dona-tion is enough to pay for test tubes or similar sup-plies in a breast cancer research laboratory whilea donation of $35 can cover the cost of having mealsdelivered to the home of acancer patient undergoingchemotherapy or radiationtreatment.Jamison is Team Kaleelco-team captain, as is her colleague Renee Reid, 27,a Troy native.“I felt a strong connec-tion to support this cam-paign because of Corey’spassion and because Ihave relatives and loved
Upcoming Avon Walk rallies local, loyal participants
Photo provided 
Members of Team Kaleel, with co-captains Corey Jamison, center, and Renee Reid, frontright, pose at the finish line of theAvon Walk for Breast Cancer. The team plans to walk inthe New York City event on Oct. 20-21.
“We had theblessing of being able totalk about thethings shewasn’t going tobe here for.”
Corey Jamison
President ofKaleel JamisonConsultingGroup, Inc. andAvon Walk forBreast Cancerparticipant
Fundraiser that sparked romance again aids Komen
By Ian Benjamin
– A fundrais-ing effort for the KomenFoundation spearheadedby a local resident was theaccidental impetus for sev-eral couples’ blossomingromances.Rodi Marcelle, 55, of East Greenbush, estab-lished the “Buy a Boy for Breast Cancer” fundraiser in 2007. The fundraiser’sgenesis came aboutthrough need.Diagnosed with breastcancer in 2006, Marcelle isa survivor who felt sheneeded to do something togive back to the communi-ty that had supported her during her diagnosis andtreatment.“I’ve always beeninvolved in anything to dowith breast cancer,” saidMarcelle, who comes froma family with a history of breast cancer. Her grand-mother died of breast can-cer, and her mother sur-vived two bouts of thedisease.“As I discovered my breast cancer, I becameeven more (involved),”said Marcelle.For her one year anniversary of her lastchemotherapy treatment,Marcelle chose to partici-pate in the Komen Foun-dation’s three day, 60-milewalk in Boston, which borethe steep prerequisite of $2,200 per person to enter.Despite the highfundraising bar, Marcellestill wanted to participate,and she wanted to bringsomeone with her. Whileshe had received fundrais-ers in a more traditionalmanner—by soliciting inperson or through for friends and acquaintancesto donate online—sheneeded something that would bring more atten-tion, and more funds.“I had to come up withsome unique strategies toraise money,” Marcellesaid.Those unique strategiesmanifested through Mar-celle’s work at Albany Medical Center as theadministrative director for the department of medi-cine’s education programs.There, Marcelle coordi-nates education programsfor doctors during their residencies.“I was thinking a freeblood pressure clinic,” saidMarcelle, “something out-side the box, but utilizingtheir physician skills.”She approached her res-idents, who came up with adifferent concept: raffle off tickets to go on a date withone of the residents.Marcelle flew with theidea, sending out e-mailsand fliers to encourage women in the community to buy tickets.For one day, she set upshop across the road at theRecovery Room in theHilton on New Scotland Avenue where she had pic-tures and biographies of the boys up for raffle, with jars next to each name.It was a success—andthen some.“It generated such inter-est that most of the people who bought tickets I didn’teven know,” Marcelle said.Marcelle was not only able to walk in the Bostonthree-day event, she wasalso able to bring a friend with her—and still hadsome of the $7,000 leftover.While the degree of suc-cess of the fundraiser wasunexpected, even more so were some of the fundrais-er’s long-term effects.One of Marcelle’s co- workers at Albany Medicalbought several of the raffletickets. One of those tick-ets ended up being a win-ning ticket. The employeegave the ticket to her daughter, who then wenton a date with one of thedoctors. The pair went toSaratoga, from where they both hailed, and the dateeventually grew into a
Photo provided 
Rodi Marcelle of East Greenbush is shown takingpart in a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.
Mike McMahon — The Record 
The start of the 2011 Susan G. Komen 5k co-ed Race for the Cure at the Empire State Plaza in Albany is shownabove.
Race for the Cure Oct. 6
— The 2012 Komen Northeastern New  York Race for the Cure® will be held Oct. 6 at theEmpire State Plaza in Albany.The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series isthe largest series of 5k run/fitness walks in the world. You can run or walk or Sleep In, with a team or as anindividual. All registration fees include the officialKomen Race for the Cure T-shirt (subject to availabili-ty) and Race bib. All funds from the Komen Race for the Cure go toresearch, education, screening and treatment pro-grams.The organization is hoping for 4,500 participants andhopes to raise $300,000 with this event.The 5K Run, which is run on a USATF CertifiedCourse, will start on Madison Avenue, immediately  west of the State Museum overpass and finish onMadison Avenue, immediately east of the State Muse-um overpass.The two-mile walk will start on Madison Avenueimmediately west of the State Museum overpass, walk through Washington Park and back and finish on theplaza level of the Empire State Plaza.Here are the options available to take part in the
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
– In honor ofBreast Cancer AwarenessMonth, the New WorldBistro Bar at 300Delaware Ave. will donateproceeds from all sales ofits “PINK” Guava Bavariandessert during October tothe American CancerSociety as part of itssweets for a cure efforts.
-- Freehaircuts for breast cancersurvivors are availablethrough Oct. 31 at theJCPenney Salon in Cross-gates Mall.Stop in and let themknow you are a survivor.For questions, contactCeleste Unser 518-456-4821
— The PlasticSurgery Group will cele-brated the grand openingof Art de Cure Sept. 28 atits offices at 1365 Wash-ington Ave, Suite 200.The featured artwork oflocal artists will be soldwith a portion of the pro-ceeds benefiting Circle ofHope, a local non-profitthat helps women whohave had or are currentlyfighting breast cancer.Metamorphosis II, thegallery of art specific toThe Plastic SurgeryGroup, has been on dis-play since July and willremain showcasedthrough November. A por-tion of the funds raisedfrom Metamorphosis II willbenefit the Capital RegionCircle of Hope. This501(c)(3) non-profit organ-ization brings womentogether, offering a unifiedforum to share the experi-ence of their breast can-cer battles. Founded in2004, the all-volunteerboard of directors meetsregularly to developevents that are encourag-ing and supportive for sur-vivors, at no cost to them.
— Monthlysupport meeting of menwho have been diagnosedor treated for prostatecancer. Meetings are held7-9 p.m. the thirdWednesdays of the monthat Hope Club, One PennyLane. Loved ones arealso invited. Many meet-ings have guest speak-ers/presenters on topicsof relevance to the group.
— SPOHNCis a national organizationwhich provides supportgroups to people withhead and neck cancers.The group meets 7-9 p.m.the third Thursday of eachmonth at Hope Club, OnePenny Lane. For addition-al information, contactKathy Rosbrook at 758-1333.
OCT. 3
— Seton Healthpresents “There’s NoPlace Like Home,” a dis-cussion from the EddyVisiting Nurse Associa-tion, 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in St.Mary’s Hospital, Confer-ence Rooms A & B, 1300Massachusetts Ave. Thediscussion includes serv-ices available to allow youto stay safely in yourhome, and include topicson how to remain safe athome with services suchas Lifeline, Phillips Med-ication Dispenser andTelehomecare. Reserva-tions are required and canbe made by calling 268-5950.
Community Health Hos-pice 101 will be presented6-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at theClifton Park-HalfmoonPublic Library, 475 MoeRoad. Presentation willprovide an overview of thephilosophy and mission ofhospice. Registration isrequested and can bemade by calling 371-8622.
OCT. 4
– “Celebrate! The Spirit ofLife Breast Cancer Aware-ness Month Kickoff Party”will be held at 5 p.m. Oct.4 at the Canfield Casino,Saratoga Springs.The celebration kicksoff Breast Cancer Aware-ness Month with a cocktailreception showcasingseveral of local hero can-cer support organizationsincluding: ToLife!,CRAAB, The Hope Club,Simplifying Lives, floyd-warriors.com, PeacefulAcres Horses, CancerServices Program, andthe American CancerSociety.There will be horsd’oeuvres from some ofthe area's finest restau-rants including LakeRidge Restaurant,Nicole’s, The Old BryanInn, Longfellows, The Lillyand the Rose and The OldDaley Inn, and a 'PinkBeauty Party' in the Parloras well as a sing-a-longled by Capital RegionWorship leaders in Con-gress Park and more.Bring along a light to holdand "let it shine."Door proceeds will ben-efit floydwarriors.com.FloydWarriors wasfounded by cancer sur-vivor, Lisa Morahan. Theorganization seeks to linkavailable help with thosenewly diagnosed with can-cer. By using all helpavailable, including lovedones, friends, neighbors,co-workers, local organi-zations, businesses and just ordinary fellow citi-zens, Floydwarriors aidslocal families in gettingthrough the first months ofa cancer diagnosis andtreatment.For more informationcall (518) 584-3935.
OCT. 6
-- Rock-toberfest for Breasts VIwill be held from noon to 9p.m. Oct. 6 at the Stillwa-ter American Legion PostNo. 490 on Lake Avenue.The fee is $20. Theevent is planned to be afun-filled day to raisemoney for breast cancerresearch and awarenessin memory of MicheleMinick Simoncavage.
– The 2012Komen Northeastern NewYork Race for the Cure® will be held Oct. 6 at theEmpire State Plaza inAlbany.The Susan G. KomenRace for the Cure® Series is the largest seriesof 5k run/fitness walks inthe world. You can run orwalk or Sleep In, with ateam or as an individual.All registration feesinclude the offical KomenRace for the Cure T-shirt(subject to availability)and Race bib.All funds from theKomen Race for the Curego to research, education,screening and treatmentprograms.The organization is hop-ing for 4,500 participantsand hopes to raise$300,000 with this event.The two-mile walk willstart on Madison Avenueimmediately west of theState Museum overpass,walk through WashingtonPark and back and finishon the plaza level of theEmpire State Plaza.For all race participants,Zeta Tau Alpha provides away to recognize thosewho have been touchedby breast cancer.Back signs are providedfor those who wish to runor walk "In Celebration Of"or "In Memory Of" some-one.Those interested maytake part in the Race DaySurvivor Recognition Pro-gram sponsored by ZetaTau Alpha and Bank ofAmerica in the VIP/SurviorTent and joining in theofficial survivor photo infront of the stage at 9:45a.m.New this year is theKids for the Cure Dash at11:30 a.m. on the Empire
The Adirondack Trust Company isproud to supportBreast Cancer Awareness Month.
Member FDIC © 2012 The Adirondack Trust Company
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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ones whose lives have been touched by this diseaseand many others,” Reid said. “It can happen to any of us.”For Michele Innelli Cox, 54, a Long Island native,the Avon Walk and support from Team Kaleel areespecially meaningful. She was diagnosed with breastcancer Feb. 4, 2011.“One of the hardest things to do is tell your family,friends and those who work closely with you,” Coxsaid. “The support given to one going through this isphenomenal. One cannot quantify the immense feel-ings a patient and family have when there is such anoutpouring of love. You are no longer in it alone, thereare others out there that have been impacted by thissome way or another and go above and beyond tosupport and show they care.”“A perfect example is what the Kaleel JamisonConsulting Group does year after year for those whohave lost lives and those who are fighting for their lifeand those that have won the battle,” she said. “Rais-ing this money through the Avon Walk allows us tokeep this disease and the importance of finding acure upfront and forward.”Cox said she and others muster the strength toendure the fight because of Team Kaleel and otherswho give so much of their time and resources.Team Kaleel credits much of its ongoing success tothe generosity of organizations and individuals whohave helped in the past and continue to offer assis-tance, including Zumba Instructor Christine Sarra-tori of Abs, Inc. who recently raised approximately $1,400 at a Zumbathon at Bootleggers in Troy.For more information or to make a donation visit
or call Team Kaleel at 518-271-7000.
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event, which will start at 9 a.m.:— Register to walk;-- Register to run the Race;-- Out of town on Race for the Cure day? Work nights? Not a morning person? Live outside of theCapital District and want to save gas money? Or just want to sleep in that day? Sleep In for the Cure is for  you! A Sleep in for the Cure participant is a person who supports the cause but is unable to participatethe day of the event. Register to Sleep In for the Cureand receive your Komen NENY Race for the Curespecial Sleep In t-shirt in the mail.-- Register to walk or run by starting a Race teamor joining an existing team.-- Fundraise: Fundraising helps to save lives andfund research.-- If you indicate that you are a breast cancer sur- vivor during registration you will receive a pink sur- vivor T-shirt, hat and bib along with your Race T-shirt. For all race participants, Zeta Tau Alphaprovides a way to recognize those who have beentouched by breast cancer. Back signs are provided for those who wish to run or walk "In Celebration Of" or "In Memory Of" someone.Survivors are encouraged to take part in the RaceDay Survivor Recognition Program generously spon-sored by Zeta Tau Alpha and Bank of America by join-ing the group in the VIP/Survivor Tent and joining thegroup for the official survivor photo in front of thestage at 9:45 a.m.-- The Race for the Cure would not be possible with-out the help of hundreds of committed volunteers.New this year is the Kids for the Cure Dash at 11:30a.m. on the Empire State Plaza. The registration feeis $10 and a parent or guardian must complete andsign a waiver for each child participating and accom-pany them to the event. Children participating willreceive a Race T-shirt, a special bib, and a finisher'sribbon.Organizers say this is a great opportunity to teachchildren about community service and healthy lifestyles.The distances are: 4 years and under, 50 meters; 5-6 years, 100 meters; 7-8 years, 200 meters, and 9-10 years, 400 meters.
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romance, and then a marriage.“One couple got married, and another couple is stillseeing each other,” Marcelle said, “all because of my breast cancer,” and a “silly” fundraiser.The “Buy a Boy” fundraiser, in support of thenortheast chapter of the Susan G. Komen Founda-tion, returned this year at the organization’s “Party inPink” at Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs, which was held in mid-August.Organizers are hoping that just like its predeces-sor fundraisers this year’s fundraiser may lead toromance for some couples.Locally, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure willbe held on Oct. 6.
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Calendar of events
Mike McMahon — The Record 
Members of the Shaker High School girls soccer program warm up before the state of theSusan G. Komen 5K co-ed 2011 Race for the Cure at the Empire State Plaza inAlbany.
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