Communication Corner, Long Island Harley Riders, Long Island HOG Chapter
Musicians: Nicole Soder, Alexa Mennona, Hunter Conforti, Max Hanks, Newsday
Suffolk Police Pipe Band,Times Beacon Record Newspapers, U.S. Food Service
Victory Day Guest Speakers
Saranne Rothberg launched The ComedyCures Foundation, a not-for-profit group, from her chemo chair in 1999 as an outgrowth of her personal experience with the healing power of a comic perspective. She and her daughter discovered that therapeutic comedy served as a great family coping strategy as they dealt with Rothberg’s early stage IV cancer diagnosis.The ComedyCures Foundation brings “joy, laughter, and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living with illness depression, trauma and disabilities,” according to her website. "Yes, laughter is great medicine!" she says.
Today, Rothberg is cancer-free and has taken ComedyCures’ life-affirming work to ill patients and families throughout the U.S. and around the world. Oprah Winfrey featured Rothberg as her “hero” in her book, "Live Your Best Life". CNN regularly features Rothberg as their expert on Happiness, Laughter, Hope & Health! AOL celebrated her on its homepage as an "AMAZING MOM". New York Women’s Agenda picked her as their “Rising Star” for outstanding service to New York’s underserved, and she received the "2011 Fearless Factor Award" in NYC.
Geri Barish founded 1 in 9, the Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, in 1990 following her own diagnosis of breast cancer. The first breast cancer grassroots advocacy group in New York and one of the first in the country, 1 in 9’s goal is to promote awareness of the breast cancer epidemic through education, outreach, advocacy, and direct support of research, which is being done to find the causes of, and cures for, breast cancer and other related cancers.
Barish is a three-time breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to breast cancer and a son to complications of Hodgkins Lymphoma.She remains in the forefront in the battle against the high incidence of cancer on Long Island and has spearheaded major changes to local, state and federal legislation, resulting in new policies that positively impact people with cancer and help to clean up toxins in our environment. The coalition also operates Hewlett House, a resource center for those who are affected by any diagnosis of cancer. Volunteers include community members and physicians who offer emotional and psychological support groups for patients and their families.