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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
To our readers,This is the fourth in aseries of five special pinkeditions published by thestaffs of The Record inTroy and The Saratogianin Saratoga Springs inhonor of National Breast Cancer AwarenessMonth.The goal of each of these special sections,published on the fiveTuesdays in October, isto provide you with infor-mation about breast can-cer -- information that wehope will both inform youand inspire you. According to the Ameri-can Cancer SocietyBreast Cancer Facts &Figures 2011-2012 report,breast cancer typicallyproduces no symptomswhen the tumor is smalland most treatable.Therefore, it is veryimportant for women toollow recommendedscreening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, beforesymptoms develop.When breast cancer hasgrown to a size that canbe felt, the most commonphysical sign is a pain-less lump. Less commonsigns and symptomsinclude breast pain or heaviness; persistent changes to the breast,such as swelling, thicken-ing, or redness of thebreast’s skin; and nippleabnormalities, erosion,inversion, or tenderness.It is important to note that pain (or lack thereof) doesnot indicate the presenceor the absence of breast cancer. Meanwhile, let us offer our thanks to you, thereaders, who have sent instory ideas, photos of event held in conjunctionwith Breast Cancer Awareness Month anditems for our calendar of events. We truly appreci-ate your suggestions andhave -- or are -- followingup on your ideas. In fact,the idea for several of thestories in this week’s edi-tion came from our read-ers.While we only have onemore special edition topublish next week, pleaseknow that we still wel-come your story sugges-tions and we are happyto add any new activitiesto our calendar of events.Information may be sent to Editor Lisa RoberLewis via email at llewis@troyrecord.com or eel free to call her at 518-270-1276.
 Taking aim at breast cancer
Family honors mother’s memory with fund-raising effort 
By Francine Grinnell
Celeste Stephanows-ki’s mother, MarieDurocher suffered withbreast cancer in virtualsilence for 20 years.Her story is one of faith,quiet devotion to God andto the family who respect-ed her right to determinethe path she would takewhen faced with whatmany consider a deathsentence.In Marie’s case, shechose not to tell anyone.Her family’s support ofa patient’s right to includealternative modalities in aprogram of treatment cul-minated in the Take AimAt Breast Cancerfundraiser held Oct. 7 atthe Pleasantdale Rod andGun Club in Troy.The event raised$7,000 to benefit theKaren L. Mosseau Foun-dation Cancer TreatmentCenter at Samaritan Hos-pital in Troy.Stephanowski, aWaterford resident, said,“She didn’t tell us untilright at the end. Ourfather was dying ofemphysema and heartissues. She always putthe needs of others first.At the same time, herbreast cancer was soadvanced, her flesh haderoded and parts of herbreasts were falling off.She said at first shethought it was a flesh eat-ing disease.”What makes theDurocher family accountof their mother’s illnessparticularly poignant isthat both Stephanowskiand her sister, Beth Wal-dron are recently retiredhealthcare professionals.Stephanowski is anurse and was programcoordinator at the CohoesMulti-Service Senior Citi-zen Center until 2009; hersister was Director ofHamilton County PublicHealth Nursing.Stephanowskidescribes her mother as adevout Catholic whobelieved that God wasmore than able to healher. She prayed andbelieved and refused totake even an aspirin.“My sister and I felt ter-rible, but everyone sup-ported her right to makeher own decisions. Wecould see that she obvi-ously was not well, andwe actually found a doc-tor who was willing tocome to her house. Wetried, but it was too late.”They were able toarrange for walker and ahospital bed as things gotworse. The family caredfor their mother in herhome and took turns sit-ting by her bedside.Durocher was onlyadministered liquid mor-phine to rest in comfortbefore she died.Stephanowski said, “Itwas just like her; shewaited until we fell asleepto pass away. We wokeup, and she was gone. ”Stephanowski said thefamily wanted to honortheir mother’s memory byorganizing an event toraise money for the sup-port of the IntegrativeWellness Program at theCancer Treatment Centerat Samaritan Hospital.Often desired bypatients but not coveredby many insurance com-panies, they understandthe relief patients receivefrom access to optionssuch as therapeutic mas-sage, and healing touch.“When I discovered thatI had colon cancer, myson John Murray said,“We’re doing this.”He worked on organiz-ing a fundraising event atthe Pleasantdale Rod andGun Club on HaughneyRoad that was an enor-mous success. “More than 100 mem-bers of the community,family, friends and neigh-bors turned out that Sun-day afternoon to competein precision trap shootingto raise funds and aware-ness about breast cancer.Stephanowski recentlyhad good news. Afterbeginning a traditionalapproach to cancer careand surviving two opera-tions, her surgeon toldher the chemotherapyshe had received hadturned her insides into“plastic goop,” but sup-ports other patient’s rightto determine their owntreatment options.A recent follow up scancame back negative andshe is cancer free.Sabrina Mosseau,director of the Cancer
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Members of the family of the late Marie Durocher, friends and neighbors demonstrate their shooting skills during the Take Aim At Breast Cancer fundraiser held Oct. 7 at the Pleas-antdale Rod and Gun Club in Troy. The event raised $7,000 to benefit the Karen L.Mosseau Foundation Center Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
“My sister and I felt terrible,but everyone supported her right to makeher owndecisions. Wecould see that  she obviouslywas not well,and we actually found a doctor who waswilling to cometo her house.We tried, but it was too late.”
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TAKE AIM
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Showcasing Visions of Strength
By Francine Grinnell
TROY
— An extendedfamily created by the com-monly shared experienceof cancer treatment cametogether to support a winetasting and silent auctionthat will benefit the Integra-tive Wellness Program atthe Cancer TreatmentCenter at Samaritan Hos-pital.Although eight patientswere specifically honoredon Oct. 19, the theme“Visions of Strength” waschosen as representativeof the spirits of thousandsof cancer patients treatedevery year at the hospital.Large photographicposter portraits of the eightpatients recognized linedthe walls of the Ferris Ball-room at the Hilton GardenInn on Hoosick Street inTroy during the four-hourevent.Sabrina Mosseau, direc-tor of the Cancer Treat-ment Center and Women’sHealth Center, made thewelcoming remarks to thewell-attended event organ-ized to help meet morethan $50,000 in operatingcosts required for the Inte-grative Wellness Programat Samaritan Hospital.This was the sixth year thefundraiser has been held.A donation of $7,000was presented to the pro-gram by John Murray andTara Jacon of the Pleas-antdale Rod and Gun Clubof Troy.She said, “The reality isthey are eight out of thou-sands of people treated forcancer; we are the peoplethat learn from their per-sonal stories. They give usstrength and courage. TheStanding Committee feltthe theme should be visu-al. We wanted there to beno way you could misstheir faces.”Mosseau and Vice Pres-ident of St. Peter’s HealthPartners and Acute CareCMO Dr. Daniel Silvermanpersonally recognizedeach patient for theirexample of endurance andcourage while fighting can-cer.The eight were present-ed with wall-sized editionsof their portrait taken byphotographer Harvey Vla-hos of Altamont.The program’s volunteerStanding Committee spent14 hours assembling giftbaskets of donated itemsand services featured in asilent auction valued atmore than $24,000. Itemsraffled were an outdoorsports package and aweekend at Lake Placidvalued at more than$3,000.U.W. Marx ConstructionCompany of Troy spon-sored the event. Presi-dent/Owner Peter Marxsaid, “I sit on the Board forNortheast Health Founda-tion, and they came to mefor sponsorship of this veryworthy cause. Cancertouches everyone’s life atone time or another; weare here to support thepeople whose mission it isto help people.”The company has beenin business since 1949.Among patients recog-nized were Mary Manupel-la of Lansingburgh andCeleste Stephanowski ofWaterford.Manupella said whenshe was told she had can-cer a year ago, “I was justdevastated. I really didn’tthink I would make it. Thedepression was unreal. Ican’t say enough aboutthe people at the CancerCenter. No matter whatframe of mind I arrived in, Ialways left smiling. It wasa long voyage, and I madeit through. I’m very thank-ful.”Stephanowski said, “Itfeels pretty good to behere; there were so manyothers who were treated,and we are only eight ofthem.”For more information orto make a donation to theIntegrative Wellness Pro-gram at the Cancer Treat-ment Center at SamaritanHospital, call Mosseau at518-271-3500.
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Fundraiser puts faces on cancer treatment integrative program
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Celeste Stephanowski of Waterford is presented with aher portrait taken by photographer Harvey Vlahos of Alta-mont at the Oct. 19 “Visions of Strength” event held tobenefit the Integrative Wellness Program at the Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Capital District football officials go pink 
By Kathryn Caggianelli
ALBANY
– Even manlymen know the importanceof raising awarenessabout breast cancer andthey’re not too proud towear pink to prove it.Members of the CapitalDistrict Football OfficialsAssociation (CDFOA)recently wore pink wrist-bands (down indicators asthey are officially called)and signaled penaltiescourtesy of pink whistlesas a way to underscorethat October is breastcancer awareness month.It was a unique way tobring special attention tothe message that breastcancer still claims livesand that prevention andresearch need financialbacking, according to KrisThompson, Capital DistrictFootball Officials Associa-tion member.“Back in the spring, Iwas assigned to umpire (Iam also a member of theCapital District BaseballUmpire’s Association) acontest between LaSalleat Troy High,” Thompsonsaid. “I noticed severalhundred people in thestands and saw lot of pinkballoons. I soon learnedthe game was part of theCoaches vs Cancereffort.”Coaches vs Cancer is anationwide collaborationbetween the AmericanCancer Association andthe National Associationof Basketball Coachesthat empowers coaches ofa variety of sports, teamsand communities to makea difference in the fightagainst cancer, accordingto information foundonline at http://www.can-cer.org/involved/partici-pate/coachesvscancer/about-coaches-vs-cancer.The pink display in Troyprompted Thompson toapproach the AmericanCancer Society represen-tative in attendance,Meredith Noonan, abouthis personal reaction tothat show of support andthe subsequent ceremonythat followed for the can-cer survivors in thestands.“The ceremony touchedme on a personal level,”he explained. “My sisterwas diagnosed with uter-ine cancer a little morethan a year ago.”His sister’s diseasewent into remission afterinitial treatment but wasshort-lived. The cancerreturned and she is againundergoing chemothera-py, which will be followedby a regimen of radiationtherapy, he said.“She survived chemotreatments the first timebut lost her hair and wasphysically devastated,”Thompson said.Because he knows alltoo well how tough the fightagainst cancer is, he optedto take a proactiveapproach by lobbyingCDFOA’s executive boardfor authorization to mount afund-and-awareness-rais-ing drive similar to that ofCoaches vs Cancer. Healso asked for the supportof the organization’s 123members, which was easi-ly won. Next he soughtapproval for the referees towear pink from the NewYork State High SchoolAssociation and received it.In the first two weeks ofOctober alone, CDFOAraised more than $1,500and that number is likelyto increase by the end ofthe month. Footballgames played at areahigh schools October 12and 13 that were over-seen by CDFOA wereawash in pink as officials,coaches and players wereunited for a commoncause, Thompson said.“I was assigned theColonie-Bethlehemgames last Friday night(October 12),” Thompsonsaid. “As we stood at mid-field for the NationalAnthem prior to the game,I glanced around thebleachers and the bench-es and I just nodded,thinking of my sister andproud of what our organi-zation has accomplished.”The more than 10dozen members ofCDFOA referee and actas impartial judges at highschool football gamesacross the Capital District.They cover football gamesfrom Saratoga to Fonda,from Valatie to Hudson.The American CancerSociety projects that225,870 new cases ofinvasive breast cancer willbe diagnosed in womenand approximately 63,300new cases of non-invasivebreast cancer will be diag-nosed in men in the U.S.in 2012. About 39,510women in the U.S. will diefrom breast cancer thisyear.Noonan, ACS’s divisionmanager of Coaches vsCancer, lauded Thomp-son for his initiative andpraised all volunteers whoseek to raise awarenessabout all cancers and ulti-mately find a cure.“Having a champion likeKris in the community iskey,” Noonan said. “Hesaw a Coaches vs. Can-cer event at the NationalFootball League’s “A Cru-cial Catch” campaign; hethen saw an opportunity tobring attention in his com-munity to fight backagainst cancer.”Sports officials are seenby hundreds of fans, ath-letes, coaches and moreeach weekend they takethe field, she said.“It is truly inspiring tosee then band togetherand utilize their presencefor a great cause. It’s thatcamaraderie in athleticsthat we see,” she said.“Each time they stringtheir pink whistles aroundtheir necks, they are pro-viding reminders to theirdaughters, mothers,wives, girlfriends – all thewomen connected to theirlives, as well as those inthe stands – to get earlyscreenings and educatethemselves about breastcancer.”Getting people to takenotice and start talkingabout breast cancer – andall cancers – is a way towage war on the diseasesthat claim hundreds ofthousands of lives eachyear, Noonan added.Meanwhile, Thompsonsaid he plans to try toextend this campaign nextyear to include all CapitalDistrict high school foot-ball games playedthroughout October.
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Shenendehowa offensive lineman Patrick Walpole, right, and his teammates wear pink insupport of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during high school football action againstChristian Brothers Academy. Members of the Capital District Football Officials Associationalso wore pink wristbands and pink whistles to underscore the special month.
 
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Take Aim
Breast cancer brunchcelebrates all things pink 
By Kathryn Caggianelli
LATHAM
— There are those fortu-nate enough not to know firsthand thedevastation and physical toll breastcancer and its treatment exacts on itsvictims. However, French-born JeanClaude Simille, while not a cancerpatient, knows all too well how trau-matic something as simple as awoman losing her hair afterchemotherapy can be.Simille, the owner of Jean Paul Spa& Salons who has operated hisAlbany salon for four decades, regu-larly conducts seminars focusing onways to make cancer patients lookand feel better. Wigs and chemother-apy facials are just a few weapons inhis arsenal but so, too, is education.“These seminars are a way for usto educate patients, family membersand care providers on the servicesthat are available at Jean Paul Spas& Salons to help everyone look andfeel their best through a difficultprocess,” he said.Simille routinely donates wigs tothe American Cancer Society forpatients who otherwise could notafford them and provides salon serv-ices free of charge to residents of theRonald McDonald House of Albany.“For women, hearing that you aregoing to lose your hair can be verytraumatic,” he said. “Anything we cando to make someone feel better andhelp alleviate some stress, is wellworth it.”Simille noted that currentchemotherapy and radiation treat-ments cause less hair loss than everbefore and that hair always growsback.In observance of Breast CancerAwareness Month, he and the staff ofThe Century House Hotel andRestaurant at 997 New Loudon Roadpartnered to host a breast cancerawareness brunch and fundraiser onOct. 21 at the Century House in Lath-am.“I have attended many functionsand fundraisers at The CenturyHouse over the years,” Simille said.“With our new location opening inNewton Plaza located just minutesaway from The Century House andour shared interest in raising moneyfor this cause, our partnership in thisbrunch was a natural fit.”The Newton Plaza shop is JeanPaul Spa & Salons’ third location toopen, with the other two shops sitedin Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany.Pink was the color of choice Sun-day afternoon as guests indulged inpink nail polish changes, pink hairfeathers and extensions, make-upapplications, chair massages andcomplimentary hand and arm mas-sages.Proceeds from the event were ear-marked for the Susan G. KomanFoundation. About 100 guests wereexpected to attend.“There are many people withinthese two businesses that have beenpersonally touched by breast canceror the breast cancer patients theycome into contact with,” said AmandaDolan, an event spokesperson. “JeanPaul Salons & Spas and The CenturyHouse are two businesses that areextremely active in the community.With October being about breast can-cer awareness, they felt it was theperfect opportunity to collaborate andhost an event that not only con-tributes to the cause, but that edu-cates as well.”Kimberly Baker, a lifelong residentof the Capital District, is general man-ager of The Century House Hotel &Conference Center.“I’m proud to work for such a civic-minded company,” said the 16-yearveteran of that business. “We’re hon-ored to host this great event and helpraise much-needed funds for breastcancer research. And we’re equallyexcited to partner with Jean Claudeand welcome him to the Town ofColonie.”Other event sponsors includedSweet Temptations, Morgan Linen Ser-vice and Rain or Shine Tent Company.
It’s Rocktoberfest for Breasts VI
Ed Burke photo
Organizers and survivors, along with friends and family, get together for a group photo atRocktoberfest for Breasts VI at the StillwaterAmerican Legion Post No. 490.
Ed Burke photo
Volunteer Michelle Hall sells raffle tickets to supporter Bob Lewis during the Rocktoberfestfor Breasts IV held at the StillwaterAmerican Legion Post No. 490.
Ed Burke photo
Local band “Back on Jack” performs a variety of musical arrangements at Rocktoberfestfor Breasts VI at the StillwaterAmerican Legion Post No. 490.

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