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A Paddle for Cancer

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Last year’s paddle race, photo by Michael Blanchard.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is hosting the third annual Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink benefit on August 16.

The multi-skill level paddle-boarding race will begin at 8 a.m. at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. Skilled paddle boarders can sign up for the 3-mile or the elite 6-mile course. Registration is $100, and 100 percent of all donations will go toward research. Each year, hundreds of paddle boarders and spectators have gathered together to raise money for the foundation.

That evening, Lisa and Richard Perry, along with Maria and Larry Baum, will host a benefit party at the Perry residence in North Haven. All of the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets begin at $1,000.

For more information, or to buy a ticket or support a paddle-boarder, visit hamptonspaddleforpink.org or call (646) 497-2675.

LaValle Bill Supporting Breast Cancer Patients Signed into Law

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A bill sponsored by New York Senator Kenneth P. LaValle that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill adds partial mastectomies to law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies.

“This law follows my 1997 legislation, now law, requiring insurance providers to include coverage for complete breast reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy,” Senator LaValle said. “Partial mastectomy is the most common form of breast cancer surgery and should be required to be covered by insurance providers.”

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer should be able concentrate on getting well and recovering, not about whether insurance will pay for reconstruction if they are undergoing a partial mastectomy,” Senator LaValle added.
The law follows another LaValle measure, legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection that was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 24. That law will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

“This new law will help save women’s lives by increasing awareness of a known breast cancer risk factor,” said LaValle. “Along with routine breast cancer screenings, the information provided by physicians to those with dense breast tissue can help increase early detection of the disease and give patients a greater ability to make educated decisions about their health.”