A Season of Hope is the theme for the Cancer Support Team’s gala to benefit cancer patients and their families in southern Westchester - will take place on the Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Tickets start at $300/per person.
The non-profit Cancer Support Team, fully licensed by the New York State Department of Health, provides services to southern Westchester cancer patients at any stage of disease, free of charge and without regard to insurance coverage. Services include nursing care management, social work counseling, education, advocacy, information about community resources, transportation and financial assistance.
Two prestigious awards will be presented at the Gala. Josh Glantz of Scarsdale will receive The Wald-Lee Vision Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Swim Across America, a generous supporter of cancer research and services. Josh Glantz was one of the founders of the Long Island Sound Swim twenty years ago. Along with his twin brother Jeremy, Josh started the swim as a fundraiser for cancer research in memory of Larchmont resident, Kathy Webers. “When I started the swim, Kathy Webers was probably the first person I knew well who had to fight against cancer,” said Glantz. “Now I hear about new battles all too often. Cancer Support Team is so unique in how it puts patients and their families at ease so they can focus on their individual fight. That’s why I continue to swim and will continue to raise money for this cause.”
Jack Wheaton of Fairfield, Connecticut, Mildred Wheaton of Jupiter, Florida, Christie Philbrick-Wheaton and Dede Philbrick-Wheaton, both of Larchmont, will all receive The Barbara Melamed Memorial Award for their ongoing support of CST’s nursing services, thereby providing direct assistance to people with cancer in lower Westchester County. In 2008, the Wheaton family established the Barbara Philbrick Memorial Fund at CST in memory of Jack Wheaton’s wife, Barbara Philbrick, who died that year from cancer. The Fund supports CST’s program of in-home nursing assistance. “We understand what an emotional toll it takes on a family when a loved one is battling cancer,” Jack Wheaton said. “Through our support of Cancer Support Team, we not only honor Barbara, but also help those families who on their own may not be able to obtain proper care and counseling.” For more information about Cancer Support Team’s services, the 2012 Benefit, volunteering or providing financial support, go to www.cancersupportteam.org or call 914-777-2777.