The annual fundraiser honors survivors and unites patients, staff, donors and influencers in the battle against breast cancer
Maimonides Medical Center – the largest non-profit tertiary care provider in Brooklyn – hosted its annual Pink Runway fashion show at Maimonides Park in Coney Island.
Pink Runway, the fashion show where breast cancer survivors triumph, is Maimonides’ annual signature event to benefit its world-class Breast Center, paying tribute to distinguished honorees who support its work to save lives in Brooklyn and beyond.
“Maimonides Medical Center is proud to host the annual Pink Runway fundraiser. The unique event unites New Yorkers in the battle against breast cancer and celebrates the hard-fought journeys that countless survivors have endured,” said Maimonides President and CEO Kenneth Gibbs. “At Maimonides, every single member of this hospital is committed to doing the hard work necessary to help more women detect breast cancer early and successfully combat it.”
Now celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Maimonides Breast Center was the first freestanding, fully accredited, full-service program to make breast cancer screenings, diagnosis, treatment, counseling, and support services for patients and their families all under one roof. Led by Dr. Patrick Borgen, Chair of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and Director of the Breast Cancer Program, the Center is dedicated to growing and adapting to meet the needs of more women, and men, throughout the borough who face a breast cancer diagnosis.
Held each year in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pink Runway event encourages women to prioritize self-care by promoting the importance of mammograms and other early detection procedures, which are crucial in the fight against breast cancer. The timing of this year’s event is particularly notable, as countless women were forced to delay cancer screenings, mammograms, and treatment during the pandemic. According to research from the American Cancer Society, over a third of U.S. adults failed to get routine cancer screenings due to fears related to COVID-19 over the past year and a half.
The outdoor charity event paid tribute to a slate of honorees for their important work and continued dedication to overcoming breast cancer, including:
- Margaret Josephs of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey;
- Michael J. Hennessy, President and CEO of MJH Life Sciences;
- Fillmore Cares Inc.
- Charusheela Andaz, Associate Director, Breast Surgery;
- Susan Burdette-Radoux, Associate Director, Hematology and Oncology;
- Brian D. Cohen, Surgical Director, Division of Wound Care
This year’s event included food and cocktails catered by Michael Schick and culminated with an exciting fireworks display. All proceeds from the Pink Runway event will benefit state-of-the-art breast cancer treatment and research at the Maimonides Breast Center. For high res photos and videos from the event, click here.
Major sponsors of this year’s Pink Week events include: Fillmore Cares Inc., Ambrose Monell Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Boro Park Center, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Dolores Catania and Maureen Hanlon. Fashions worn on the Pink Runway were graciously donated by the Shayo Family of Runway NY. The Pink Runway fashion show follows a 5K run/walk that was held over the weekend in support research and treatment for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.
To join in the fight against breast cancer, donations can be made here: www.GoPinkRunway.org/hope