Money Ensures Adelphi Breast Cancer Program Keeps Helping Patients, Families
(Garden City, NY) – Adelphi University is an invaluable resource for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Their hotline, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is the oldest in the country.
A grant from the state makes certain those in need continue to receive the exceptional services of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.
“The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program is a saving grace for Long Island patients and their families,” said Senator Kevin Thomas. “With so many of their volunteers being cancer survivors themselves, they provide an unparalleled level of compassion, care and education.”
The budget set aside more than $380,000 to fund support groups, hotline counseling and patient treatment.
“Thanks to the inspiring work of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, no Long Islander needs to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “The guidance, educational programs and emotional support provided by the professional staff and a well-trained cohort of volunteers are critical to our state and absolutely deserving of this additional state funding. I was proud to work alongside my colleagues to support such a valuable organization.”
“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to ensure that this critical funding for programs that support those undergoing treatment for breast cancer on Long Island was included in this year’s budget. It is imperative that we continue to work together to provide funding for these initiatives in conjunction with passing legislation that increases access to care and resources,” said Senator Monica Martinez.
With Nassau County having the seventh highest rate of breast cancer in New York State. Adelphi is the key to battling breast cancer on Long Island. The hotline fields approximately 500 calls a year and has 100 volunteers who are breast cancer survivors. Up to 7,000 people each year are educated through outreach, workshops and forums.
“We are so grateful to Senators Thomas, Kaminsky, Martinez and the entire Long Island Senate delegation for recognizing the important work we do in providing free comprehensive services to women and men coping with breast cancer. This funding helps us to ensure that no one has to experience this devastating diagnosis alone,” said Hillary Rutter, Executive Director, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.