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Stacy Quarty

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The president of Lucia’s Angels and vice president of the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital discusses efforts to fight breast cancer and a new initiative, “Give Where You Live,” which aims to encourage donations to local charities of all types.

By Stephen J. Kotz

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What are some of the things your organizations are doing to mark the month?

Our list of events for October is very, very long and continues to grow. Every other day we have local businesses contacting us, wanting to do some kind of fundraiser for us so we’ve unofficially extended Breast Cancer Awareness Month into November too. Some of our biggest events are: The San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons; The Shelter Island 5K; “Bye, Bye Birdie: the 10th Annual and Last Birdhouse Auction” and Gurney’s Montauk Girls Night Out.

There is immense support for the fight against breast cancer (Even the NFL has gotten into the act). What does this groundswell of support mean in the long run for the effort to reduce, if not eradicate, this disease?

I think it’s great that the NFL and other big corporations “Put on Their Pink” for the month of October. On a national level, this brings awareness to the prevalence of this disease and is a reminder to women everywhere to get the annual mammograms. Early detection is the key to the cure. On the other hand, quite often these big companies use Breast Cancer Awareness Month more to promote themselves than to actually help with funding for research or to help the individuals that currently have breast cancer. The general public is not usually aware of how the big companies are supporting the cause and where the money is going. That’s part of the reason Susie Roden and I decided to start our “Give Where You Live” campaign.

What are your hopes with this effort?

One of our biggest struggles as a local not-for-profit is getting people to realize that even though we live in the Hamptons, the majority of our year-round community is not the affluent and wealthy. We are your restaurant workers, teachers, landscapers and retailers. When in need, our local family, friends and neighbors depend on our not-for-profits. And we find, especially in the month of October a lot of local businesses want to do their part to “support the cause.” Most people automatically choose one of the national not-for-profits to donate to—like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society. While these organizations do terrific work, the monies donated get distributed nationally. For instance, we had a local “Relay for Life” team that raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. Locally, the ACS provided funds for transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients. The allotment is $75 per patient, per year. Our goal with this “Give Where You Live” campaign is to create awareness about the need for support to our East End charitable organizations and for donors to be aware where their monies are being spent.

How did you get involved?

A little more than 12 years ago, my best friend Lucia and I were breastfeeding our newborn babies. “Do you think this is a blocked milk duct?” she asked while pointing out a large lump on her breast. It wasn’t sore so I told her to get it checked out immediately. By the time she was diagnosed the quickly spreading cancer had grown to the size of a lemon. She was stage 4.

Lucia put forth her best effort battling the disease and even got involved with our local breast cancer coalition (formerly the South Fork Breast Health Coalition, which is now the CWC) and Ellen’s Run. She was in charge of collecting donations in the Town of Southampton for the Ellen’s Run auction. When she was too sick to do so, she asked me to do the collections and said, “Tell them I’m dying so they better give big this year.” It was a record year for donations.

Since Lucia was such a caring and loving individual, she had so many close friends and family surrounding her in her final days. Even though it was hard to watch her waste away, we had many beautiful moments with her. It was Lucia’s wish that other women with breast cancer have the same kind of love and care that she did in her final days. Thus, the idea for Lucia’s Angels was born.

Breast cancer gets the most media attention because it is the most common form of cancer afflicting women, but it not the most deadly, with that dubious distinction belonging to lung cancer. Do you think enough is being done to fight other forms of cancer affecting women and if not, what can be done?

Breast cancer does get a lot of attention, especially here on Long Island where we have the highest rates in the country. We feel other cancers deserve support and attention too. That’s part of the reason our CWC and Lucia’s Angels have expanded their missions to now include not just breast but other gynecological cancers as well (ovarian, cervical, and uterine.) Of course we wish our local coalitions could support all kinds of cancers for men and women. But, we are not that big or well-funded… yet. Maybe our “GIve Where You Live” campaign can help us with that.




Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Southampton Hospital and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at the hospital have planned a slew of events to increase awareness and raise funds to support local breast cancer survivors, starting with the lighting of a Pink Ribbon Tree at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Other events include a Breast Cancer Awareness Health Fair on Friday, October 3, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.;  the fourth annual Breast Cancer Summit at The Coral House in Baldwin from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7; the Give Where You Live Campaign Kickoff at Parrish Memorial Hall at Southampton Hospital at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8; Look Good, Feel Better at the Hampton Bays Library on October 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Shelter Island 5k Run/Walk on October 18 at 11 a.m. at Crescent Beach on Shelter Island; a Birdhouse Auction at the Southampton Social Club on Elm Street at 6 p.m. on October 18; a Shopping Benefit at Calypso at 21 Newtown Lane in East Hampton on October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Free Makeovers for Breast Cancer Survivors at Macy’s in Hampton Bays on October 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition, there will be three Charity of the Month promotions. Sabrosa Mexican Grill on Montauk Highway in Water Mill will donate the total bill amount for the 100th customer each day in October to the Coalition for Women’s Cancers. The Deborah Thompson Day Spa at the Plaza in Montauk will donate 10 percent from all treatments during the month, and Panera Bread on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of pink ribbon bagels to the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program and the The Breast Cancer Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Research Laboratory during the month.

For more about the various breast cancer awareness events, call (631) 726-8715.

Personal Training for a Cause

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By Emily J. Weitz

The personal trainers at the Sag Harbor Gym are devoted to increasing the health and wellbeing of clients through fitness. But they are also on a much more daunting mission — to eradicate breast cancer. They’re working towards this goal by donating 30-minute personal training sessions to cancer research all month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tahlia Miller, Director of Personal Training at the Sag Harbor Gym, didn’t pursue a career as a personal trainer. It pursued her. As a perpetual athlete, she always kept up with her gym routine, and it wasn’t long before the gym manager asked her if she’d be interested in becoming a personal trainer. With her background in nutrition and her zeal for inspiring others to challenge themselves, it felt like a natural transition.

“I’ve trained like an athlete my whole life,” says Miller, “and now this is something where I can come back and help people who are trying to change their lives.”

Working as a personal trainer is about much more than helping people look good and lose weight for Miller. It’s about helping people to live more healthful lives. One of the key aspects of personal training is identifying the individual needs of the client.

“We have people who come in that are very sedentary,” she says, “and then we have student athletes, and people training to run a marathon. Our sessions are developed depending on the clients’ needs.”

To serve people better, Miller has helped to create small group training sessions, which give the personalized attention of a small session with the affordability of a class.

“We have two-to-six people training with one trainer,” she says. “This is personal training on a semi-group level that’s affordable for everyone. It’s $25 for one session or $199 for 10.”

It’s these small group classes that are being offered as a donation to breast cancer research all month long in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“The community of Sag Harbor has struggled a lot with breast cancer,” says Miller. “My brother [also a personal trainer] and I decided this was something we could do.”

Even though Miller has thankfully not had any personal losses to breast cancer in her own family, she is well aware of the statistics on Long Island.

“If we’re going to find a cure,” she says, “it’s something where we have to work from the bottom up. We are donating our half-hour personal training sessions all month to members and non-members. You don’t have to buy a membership to come in and have a training session and donate. We just want to raise as much as we can to help this cause.”

When people are emotionally invested in their workout, Miller says, it ends up being a lot more powerful.

“We had a woman come in whose mother had passed away from breast cancer,” she says. “It meant so much to her to have this session and knowing it was going to research.”

Miller believes that having this philanthropic aspect in personal training bolsters the effects because of the similar emotions that come from both exercise and from giving.

“When you do something good for someone,” she says, “you feel good. When you work out hard in the gym, it’s a similar feeling. You get a huge release from working out with your trainer, but now in the backdrop you know you’re giving something back to someone else. It sets a tone, even if it’s just for that one day.”

This positive tone, Miller says, is contagious. You can feel the generosity of spirit in the gym throughout the month.

In her work, Miller gets back the most when her clients are growing.

“I think all trainers want to see their clients grow and develop and reach their goals,” says Miller. “You spend an hour a day with someone there or four days a week, and you see them break down and hit their max, and you see them surpass their max the next week. It’s a personal investment that a trainer has with each client, and that’s the goal.”

The Hamptons Gym Corp’s Sag Harbor Gym is located on Bay Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call 725-0707 or visit www.hamptonsgymcorp.com.