Nassau County’s ‘Pink Illumination’ ceremony kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano marked “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” on Oct. 1 with a ceremony outside the the County Legislative Building.
About 2,400 Long Island victims, including 400 men, died from breast cancer this year, according to cancer activist Geri Barish, president of both Hewlett House and the “1 in 9” Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition.
“We should be aware of breast cancer not only in October but every day,” said Mangano.
The evening’s activities included a candle ceremony and prayers for both the survivors and the deceased. Mangano had also invited several medical professionals from South Nassau Communities Hospital to provide information about breast cancer.
As darkness set in, Mangano called for the pink illumination of the Legislative Building’s dome, as part of the County’s “Glow of Hope” program. The purpose of this spectacle is to further increase the awareness of the disease.
“The only thing we can do is to be happy, optimistic and enjoy life more,” said J.S. Russo, who founded the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation in memory of his wife who died from breast cancer. “My wife and I battled breast cancer together, but we had good memories and enjoyed life.”
Mangano said he hopes Saturday’s ceremony will cement the importance of early detection in saving lives against breast cancer.
“The celebration is for life,” said the cancer activist Barish. “That’s why we’re here.”