18th Annual Cancer Support Team Luncheon

Cancer Support Team (CST) invites the public to the 18th annual Gayle K. Lee Health Awareness Luncheon on Friday, October 14 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye at 11:30. This uplifting event will feature speakers Jimmie C. Holland, MD and Mindy Greenstein, PhD, authors of the book, Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging. The book was selected by O: The Oprah Magazine as one of their, “Books to Watch for” and by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of the year on life after 50. The Luncheon’s goal is to heighten awareness of health issues and make people better advocates for their own health and well-being.

Dr. Holland currently holds the Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and is Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is considered the founder of psycho-oncology, bringing attention to psychological issues in patients with cancer. She now focuses on psychological care of older patients with cancer at MSKCC.

Dr. Greenstein is a writer and national speaker, with a background in clinical psychology and psycho-oncology. She is presently Consultant to the Geriatric Psychiatry group in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MSKCC. She is the author of The House on Crash Corner.

CST, located in Purchase has been operating for 37 years and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health. It is the only Westchester-based home care program that is solely cancer-focused and that offers services free of charge, without regard to income or insurance coverage. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in lower Westchester who are affected by cancer. CST’s professional staff of nurses, social workers and case managers, as well as an extensive network of over 100 volunteers, provides medical and support services at any stage of the disease. The number of people calling CST has increased by 27% over the past five years, and CST served over 781 patients and their families in 2015. (www.cancersupportteam.org)

The Luncheon’s Honorary Co-Chair is Mary Jane Arrigoni of Greenwich. The Co-Chairs are Sabrina Fiddelman of Larchmont and Val Allen of Larchmont and Newport, RI. Tickets for the Luncheon are $125, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and underwriting opportunities, please call (914) 777-2777 or email jmeade@cancersupportteam.org