Members of the Arverne Cancer Support Group pose for a photo.
The Arverne Cancer Support Group held its Fifth Annual Celebration of Life at the Beach Club on November 7. This year, the support group honored the memory of the organization’s founder Sarah Colson, who died this year of breast cancer. The theme honoring Colson was “Sarah’s Wishes.”
For 25 years, Colson was an advocate for change in the Rockaways. She founded the support group while she was going through her own battle with breast cancer.
Colson lobbied for legislation to fund the underinsured for, among other things, free mammogram screenings. The support group also provides financial support, as well as counseling, to anyone with cancer. In addition it supplies cancer awareness education to the community.
Two special awards were presented during the event.
Joanne Shapiro received the ‘Keeper of the Flame’ award and Julie Blair got the Community Advocate award for the work they do in the community.
The Praise Dancers of St. John’s Baptist Church performs prior to the dinner. Among those attending the dinner were Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michelle Titus, Councilman James Sanders, Jr. and former public advocate Mark Green.
|Joanne Shapiro is presented with the “Keeper of the Flame” award for her work to fight cancer in the Rockaway community. Shapiro called it the most touching award she has ever received and vowed to carry on the work that her friend Sarah Colson began. Presenting the award is Jacqueline McMikle, the president of the Arverne Cancer Support Group.Julie Blair is presented with the Community Advocate Award. After receiving the award she poses with the president of the cancer support group Jacqueline McMikle.Among those attending the dinner are former public advocate Mark Green and State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.|