Member Spotlight October 2016
The Islip Chamber of Commerce October 2016 spotlight :
Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
Gina Cacoperdo, President
About Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
The Islip Breast Cancer Coalition is an independent, grassroots, not for profit organization of volunteers whose goal is to serve as a community resource for the residents of the Township of Islip confronted with breast cancer and other women’s cancers.
Why are you a member of the Islip Chamber of Commerce?
We joined the Chamber of Commerce to get more exposure in the Community. We all know someone who has breast cancer, or has had breast cancer and it is so important that people know about our organization and that assistance is available if it is needed.
What are your business’s core values, goals, and overall mission?
It is our mission to provide direct services and support to breast cancer patients, as well as patients with other women’s cancers, to present educational programs and outreaches within the community, and to encourage scientific and environmental research.
Share some unique facts and business history?
What makes your business stand out?
In 2016 we extended our outreach to include support services for other women’s cancers. We are one of the many beneficiary organizations of the LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk, and over the last 13 years have received $336,000. in grant funds to help women with breast cancer. In 2016, we also received a $10,000 grant from Pink Aid. We offer high school seniors scholarships thru our Connie Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund.
What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?
IBCC offers various services through our “Lend a Helping Hand” “Carry On” and “Can Survive” Programs. The services are arranged and paid for by our organization. Lend A Helping Hand Services offer transportation to and from medical appointments, support groups, financial medical assistance, house cleaning after surgery, assistance obtaining wigs and prosthesis, salon services (thru Mondays at Racines) and massage therapy. IBCC supports research, in breast cancer and other women’s cancers, and Legislation to increase funding for research.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Thru fundraising at our Paddle for a Battle, Miles of Hope 5K, Casino Night, Paint Night, our 20th Anniversary Gala, or our Holiday Shopping Event we are able to help more and more women each year. We love that the students in all the Towns of Islip have been fundraising for us, Dig Pink, East Islip’s Soccer tournament Kick it to Cancer, the Football teams wearing their pink socks, and selling Breast Cancer Pins during October or East Islip’s Lacrosse team wearing Pink jerseys in our Honor and even the children at Tudor Time selling bracelets. It promotes awareness from a young age and we think thats just fantastic. Eagle Scout Candiate, Daniel Brake of Troop 370 donated and built a bench in our honor and did an amazing job reviving our Garden of Hope located at Town Hall. And lastly, we are proud to be the winner of Islip Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Best Float award at the Holiday Parade.