2008-01-18 / Community

Erin On The Rox

By Erin Baumann

After a long absence I am back! I wanted to think about a different approach for the column and, going forward, I will be including information pertaining to the American Cancer Society and its sister organization ACS Can. I have been volunteering for ACS for a while now and part of this volunteering includes helping them make changes through advocacy and education. Don't worry, I will still give you the latest news in Roxbury, including all of your birthdays. So please don't hesitate to email me at erin.baumann@gmail.com .

This year, the 9th Annual Rockaway Relay for Life will be held at Riis Park, June 28-29. The event includes an opening ceremony that involves both survivors and their caregivers. Later on there is a luminaria ceremony in which you can honor or remember your loved ones affected by cancer. This year the Breezy Point Pipe and Drum Band were kind enough to offer its services. To register yourself and your team all you have to do is visit the Rockaway Relay website http://events. cancer.org/RFLforttildenNY.

If you have any questions in regards to the event you can contact John Link at the American Cancer Society fort. tilden.relay@cancer.org or call him at 718-263-2225.

ACS CAN, the sister organization of the American Cancer Society began the Access to Healthcare initiative in 2007 to help address the limitations of healthcare in the United States. The main points of the initiative include: increase government funding, ensure that all women have access to mammograms, guarantee access to the most effective colon cancer screenings, and pain and palliative care for cancer patients.

According to Daphne Dominque at ACS, they strongly believe that in order to win the fight against cancer, there needs to be an improvement in access to quality healthcare. Therefore, they started the Access to Care campaign in 2007. The campaign's fundamental principle is that everyone should have meaningful public or private health insurance. ACS description of meaningful health insurance includes the four A's: Adequate: timely access to care; Affordable: cost based on the person's ability to pay; Available: prior claims are not held against the patient; and Administratively Simple: policies are easy to understand and navigate.

For more information and if you would like to tell ACS how the lack of access to healthcare has affected you or someone who was diagnosed with cancer, please call Daphne Dominique at 718.263.2225 ext.20 or visit.

Happy Birthday Wishes, Kaitlyn Durante ~ January 1, Howie Taphouse Sr. ~ January 3, Rob Donohoe ~ January 4, Amy Rutter ~ January 4, Max Farrell ~ January 6, Paige Stathis ~ January 8, Zach Marano ~ January 9, Matthew Celentano ~ January 10, Danielle Durante ~ January 18, Howie Taphouse Jr. ~ January 23, Tracy Rutter ~ January 28, and Ronnie Farrell Sr. ~ January 28.

Take care and GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!

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