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Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00–9:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center, Ballroom Adelphi University One South Avenue Garden City, NY

Celebration of Survivorship 2018

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
Speakers at 7:00 p.m.

A light supper will be served.


Thank you to all of our generous donors!


The Kat’s Ribbon of Hope partnership with the Adelphi program supports our mutual goal to provide assistance to women who would otherwise not have access to quality breast cancer treatment. Katerina Dinas Raptis, a breast cancer survivor who is the co-founder of KROH, was diagnosed when she was 32. She says that while having breast cancer was “a nightmare,” she was blessed with the support of her family and excellent medical care. Many women do not have such support so she was determined to help. She and her husband George Raptis and sister Despina Yarian established Kat’s Ribbon of Hope in 2013.

Speakers for the evening

Jeffrey Flynn

6-year survivor 
Volunteer, Former Support Group Member
Jeff Flynn, a five-year breast cancer survivor, is an Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline volunteer. Since his diagnosis with late stage breast cancer, he has been committed to getting the word out to other men to check themselves periodically and have their physicians check their breasts for lumps or cysts during physicals, knowing that men are not immune to breast cancer. Three male breast cancer survivors and Jeff joined with the Adelphi breast cancer support team to create a brochure for doctors’ offices and mass mailings where men could read about their experiences. Jeff found that helping others and providing support has helped in his journey to recovery, saying it is truly fulfilling to reach out and support someone during their worst of times, as it has helped him during his journey to recovery. Jeff is a husband, a dad and a grandfather.

Susan Leach

1.5-year survivor 
Support Group Member
Susan Leach, a three-time breast cancer survivor, is a financial account manager for Better Home Health Care in Rockville Centre. She volunteers as a care counselor for the Rockville Centre Breast Cancer Coalition, helping others going through similar diagnoses.  Susan has been cancer free for 1½ years and is a member of the Adelphi support group for women with metastatic breast cancer. She is a wife and the mother of two boys, age 24 and 18, who likes to spend time with her family, sitting on the beach and enjoying every moment of her life!

Geralyn Lucas

23-year survivor 
Geralyn Lucas, a 23-year breast cancer survivor from Manhattan, is an award-winning journalist, author and women’s health advocate. Her memoirs, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy and Then Came Life, were translated around the world and received starred reviews in Library Journal. The television film production of “Lipstick” garnered an Emmy-nomination and was an Entertainment Weekly “Must Watch of the Week.” Geralyn’s story was featured in Nora and Delia Ephron’s smash off-Broadway show, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Her YouTube short “Ouch,” imploring women to get mammograms, was a Webby Honoree, and the inspiration for ABC News Goes Pink, for which Geralyn served as coordinating producer. The campaign resulted in the diagnosis of correspondent Amy Robach after an on-air mammogram, and made headlines around the world.
Geralyn is the mother of a daughter, who is a sophomore in college, and a 12 year old son.  Geralyn recently became an athlete, completing her 500th SoulCycle class.

Sonia Avery-Williams, RN

3-year survivor 
Former Support Group Member

Sonia Avery-William, originally from the island of Jamaica, came to New York in 1990. She has been a registered nurse for over 22 years. As a teenager, she saw her father experience multiple visits to the emergency room for uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension and was inspired by the role that nurses played in getting him back to optimal health. She chose nursing as a career.  Ever since becoming a nurse, she had been the go-to person in her family not just for health issues but for whatever crises that arise.

After a routine mammogram/ sonogram in February of 2015, she received a call from her doctor that changed her world. She went from being a wife, mother and nurse to being a patient. She had to fit visits to the oncologist between PTA meetings, trips to dances and tennis lessons for the kids, all the while working as an ICU nurse.   It took time to adjust and accept these changes.  She joined an Adelphi breast cancer support group that she credits for playing a pivotal role in her recovery and easing into her new roles.



Please RSVP by October 8, 2018

Register Online!

Register by phone: 516.877.4325
(If calling to register, please mention it’s for Celebration of Survivorship and the amount of guests joining you.)

Register by email:

Celebration Journal

A commemorative journal, to support the work of Adelphi Breast Cancer Program will be printed and distributed the evening of the Celebration of Survivorship.

Reserve a Journal Ad

  • Covers (1 available) (5.5″w x 8.5″h) $1000.00
  • Full Page (5.5″w x 8.5″h) $500.00
  • Half Page (5.5″w x 4.25″h) $250.00
  • Quarter Page (2.75″w x 4.25″h) $100.00
  • Listing in Journal $25.00

To be included in the journal, all ads MUST be received by Monday, October 1, 2018.

How to submit your journal ads

  1. Please submit our online form or call 516.877.4370 to reserve your space
  2. Submit camera-ready artwork. You can email a PDF or JPG file to 
  3. Call 516.877.4370 if you need assistance with your ad design
  4. Please send your journal ad payment to:

Adelphi Breast Cancer Program 
Adelphi University School of Social Work 
One South Avenue 
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
Attn: Kim Newman (celebration journal ad)


Adelphi University is a qualified 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization
and donations are 
tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks. 

For further information, please contact:

Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
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Support Hotline: 800.877.8077