Thursday, October 20, 2022
4:00–6:00 p.m.


Adelphi University

Celebration of Survivorship 2022

Our annual gala will be held on October 20, 2022 at Adelphi University, University Center Ballroom. During the event, a diverse panel of speakers will share their breast cancer journey and provide inspiration and empowerment. The event is beloved by the community, is free to attend, and will be the first time we have been in-person since 2019. Celebration will also be recorded and posted on our social media channels in order to increase our reach with patients who are immunocompromised or too sick to attend an in-person gathering. As the event is held indoors, masks will be required. In the event COVID-19 cases rise and we are unable to meet in-person, we will pivot to a virtual event.

Celebration of Survivorship 2022

We have reached capacity for our (in-person) Celebration of Survivorship!
However, you can still join us for the event on zoom!
» Register to attend the Celebration of Survivorship on Zoom

Thursday, October 20, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


Diagnosed in 2011






Sandra Elizabeth Alleyne was diagnosed September 23, 2011 at the age of 54 with Stage 3A Breast Cancer. She had chemotherapy and bilateral mastectomy surgery in 2012, as well as radiation. Sandra took Arimidex for 5 years afterwards. In 2019 she had an iliac biopsy which showed evidence of metastatic breast cancer, which was ER positive. Tonight Sandra will share her inspirational story.

Diagnosed in 2018






Bridget Desimone was diagnosed with stage 2 hormone receptor positive, her2 negative breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 26. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy, AC-T Chemo and Radiation, and is now receiving hormonal therapy. Bridget is a director of a day program for seniors with dementia and is beyond grateful for her husband, daughter, family, friends, co-workers and of course her medical team for all of their help during her cancer journey.

Diagnosed in 2021

*This presentation will be conducted with simultaneous interpretation (Spanish/English).






Vilda Alberto Ponce was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer in late 2020. She credits her faith, her family and the many workers and angels she has met along the way in helping her get through her diagnosis. She is excited and grateful to share her story and to bring hope to others through her personal experience.

Diagnosed in 2016






Janet Spool was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 67. Janet is a 5-year survivor, wife, mother, grandmother, and at the time of her diagnosis was working full time as the secretary to the principal of a local elementary school. She feels lucky to have many people in her life who helped with her journey through surgeries and chemotherapy and couldn’t have succeeded without their help. Janet is a volunteer with the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program.













Simply pretty, 14 karat rose gold necklace on adjustable chain, set with diamonds from Fortunoff Fine Jewelry.
  • 14 karat rose gold
  • Diamonds total .08 carat
  • Diamond quality: H/I color, SI clarity
  • Wreath diameter .75 inch
  • Length 18 inches, with rings at 16 and 17 inches
  • Spring ring closure
  • Imported

1 for $20.00

Online raffle ticket purchases are now closed.
However, you can purchase raffle tickets in person at the Celebration of Survivorship.

Tickets can be purchased by check or credit card only at the event.

NOTE: The raffle winner will be announced at our Celebration of Survivorship event on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm. Winners do not need to be present. However, your prize must be picked up at Adelphi University by October 27, 2022 or the prize will be given to the runner up.

Thank you to our 2022 Celebration sponsors






Ally SPonsor










The DeMatteis Family

Adee and Don Hendler

Karen Kostroff, M.D.



For further information, please contact:

Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program
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Support Hotline: 800.877.8077