Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving Message

I was in the office today sitting with yet another inspirational patient who, in the midst of making decisions and plans for an upcoming bilateral mastectomy, took a moment to ask me about my Thanksgiving and made me promise I was going to take some time off to relax and be with my family. I thought two things – first, did I look worn out and in need of a vacation, and second, how amazing for someone to be in the midst of a life-saving but life- changing surgical plan with all the potential issues involved yet in the same moment find the kindness to care for someone else.

It reminded me of a recent sermon in which a quote or comment from A. W. Tozer was discussed where he plead with his fellow man (and woman) to not walk with the world, but to walk with the Holy Spirit. Having that perspective allows you to be weeks away from major surgery for breast cancer yet find time to worry about the well-being of others. That perspective allows us to face the trials and tribulations in life and to not let them erode our confidence and faith. And when we do falter, we find ourselves lifted up time and time again.

This intent or purpose to distance ourselves from the pull of negativity and complacency leads to amazing discoveries in the fight against cancer, it led me to start a foundation whose sole purpose is to provide answers for those who don’t know where to turn, and it gives us the ability to face any challenge with courageous intent. And when human nature strays us from our bearing, we can be thankful that for all those that say things aren’t possible, we can walk with Someone for whom anything possible.

Thank you everyone for all the kind words that are written and spoken every day and for allowing us to be part of your lives.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving,

Dr. Weintritt

Scottish Walk

Please join us for this year’s Scottish Walk in Old Town on Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00am. Join us for lunch following the walk at Blackwall Hitch. Please rsvp for the lunch to martha.carucci@gmail.com.

Walk T-Shirts

Thanks to all of you who walked on October 16th. We were happily overwhelmed with the turnout and apologize that we ran out of walk t-shirts. If you registered and didn’t receive a shirt and would still like one, please email martha.carucci@gmail.com. We will order more shirts and arrange two possible pick-up dates at the National Breast Center at Mt Vernon Hospital.

New Members of NCBF Board of Directors

 

June 22, 2016

 The National Breast Center Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Ashley Chamberlain and Kara Gorski will be invaluable assets to the mission of the foundation.

Ashley Chamberlain has admired the vision and the work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation since its creation in 2014. With many friends and relatives affected by breast cancer and other debilitating medical conditions, Ashley looks forward to getting involved with the NBCF to help bring patients together with more effective health care solutions through patient advocacy, improved access and diagnosis, better technology and research for a cure. Her hope is that breast cancer will be a completely curable disease in her lifetime.

Professionally, Ashley was most recently a Vice President of Investor Relations at The Carlyle Group, Ashley was responsible for the creation and development of new funds as well as fund marketing and fundraising initiatives.

Kara Gorski, an economist, writer, speaker and breast cancer survivor, shares that her mission is to “encourage women to embrace the perfectly imperfect and create a life they love, leaving impossible standards behind.” Her personal and professional journey have been chronicled by Marlo Thomas, featured on The Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and shared by Dr. Jill Biden. Kara is a contributor to the Huffington Post, MSNBC’s Know Your Value column, NOU Magazine, and Cure Diva among others.

Dr. David Weintritt, founder of the National Breast Center Foundation, says “Kara and Ashley bring a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to the foundation.  We are excited to have them join our team and further our mission to provide access for all women to crucial education and medical options for breast cancer treatment.”

 

May Updates

 

May 2016

Foundation Updates

 

 

 

It’s been a busy month at the foundation! Here are a few highlights:

 

 

-The foundation participated in the We Will Survive Cancer Gala honoring cancer survivor Ginger Vuich. We are looking into ways the foundation can team up with We Will Survive Cancer to provide additional care to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

 

 

-Dr. Weintritt traveled to both Vancouver and Florida for educational opportunities that will benefit patients in our area and beyond. In Vancouver, he was involved with establishing a protocol for a new technique for lymph node biopsies aimed at improving how they are done in the United States and provide options for less developed countries world wide. Dr. Weintritt spoke at a major hospital in Florida to discuss the development of a breast care program and identify ways in which care for women could be improved.

 

-The foundation met with representatives from a company dedicated to providing an affordable method of genetic testing for patients. For many cancers, our DNA holds the key to understanding our risk and the ability to act BEFORE cancer occurs or at least improve how we are screened. We will continue to seek opportunities to provide cutting edge technology to our patients and avoid unnecessary or outdated treatments wherever possible.

 

-Dr. Weintritt and foundation Executive Director Martha Carucci met with physicians and administrators from Neighborhood Health clinic in Alexandria. Neighborhood Health is dedicated to providing care for uninsured and underinsured women in our area. We had a very productive meeting and will work with them to educate their team as well as provide our resources to give these local women access to the same level of care as others. Neighborhood Health’s desire to reach out and our desire to provide them the necessary resources allow us to work together to change the statistics that identify our area as the part of the country with the highest rate of breast cancer and one of the highest incidences of late stage breast cancer diagnosis.

 

 

 

-The First Annual National Breast Center Foundation Golf Tournament was a great success! Despite a few showers, the weather held up for a fun and friendly day on the links for a great cause. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and all those who participated in the event. The money raised from the tournament will go toward furthering the foundation mission of education, access and technology for all women. We look forward to having more of you join us next year!

 

-Stay tuned for more updates and news about our upcoming walk for breast cancer in October. If you have any questions, suggestions or are interested in volunteering for the foundation, please contact Martha Carucci at Martha.Carucci@nationalbreastcenterfoundation.org.

 

 

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