It goes without saying that anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer must contend with a seemingly inexhaustible number of challenges. Hampton Jitney and the Sag Harbor nonprofit Fighting Chance partnered last year to ease one of those challenges by arranging transportation for patients to meet with New York City oncology specialists.
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.
“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Participants in last year's Relay for Life on their way around the track.
It’s almost time for the annual Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
At least 40 teams are to gather at Jean Cochran Park on Peconic Lane in Peconic for the overnight event. It begins at 5 p.m. with a dinner for cancer survivors and their caregivers, provided by Claudio’s in Greenport, with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.
Cancer survivor Steve Helinski will share his story before the survivor’s lap, where those who are fighting or have won their battle against cancer are invited to circle the track to acknowledge their own struggle and honor the other participants.
The caregivers lap follows and a coffee hour for the caregivers will be held at 8 p.m.
There will also be musical performances by The Days Beneath Us and Points East, zumba classes, and at 9:30, a luminaria service to remember those who have lost their battle against The disease. That portion of the event will begin with bagpiper Tim Kelly leading the walkers on a lap around the park’s track, left dark except for the candle-lit luminarias, each recognizing a cancer victim
At midnight, Relay for Life becomes a closed event and only those who have pre-registered will continue to walk through the night until breakfast.