Several local people who have worked hard to raise money for cancer support and research will be honored at the upcoming gala to benefit southern Westchester cancer patients and their families.
The benefit, set for 6 p.m. April 19 at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, is titled “A Season of Hope.” Funds will benefit the non-profit Cancer Support Team. Tickets start at $300 per person.
Josh Glantz of Scarsdale will receive The Wald-Lee Vision Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Swim Across America and as one of the founders of the Long Island Sound Swim 20 years ago. Along with his twin brother Jeremy, Josh started the swim as a fundraiser for cancer research in memory of Larchmont resident, Kathy Webers.
“When I started the swim, Kathy Webers was probably the first person I knew well who had to fight against cancer,” he said. “Now I hear about new battles all too often. Cancer Support Team is so unique in how it puts patients and their families at ease so they can focus on their individual fight. That’s why I continue to swim and will continue to raise money for this cause.”
Jack Wheaton of Fairfield, Conn., Mildred Wheaton of Jupiter, Fla., and Christie Philbrick-Wheaton and Dede Philbrick-Wheaton, both of Larchmont, will receive The Barbara Melamed Memorial Award for their ongoing support of CST’s nursing services.
In 2008, the Wheaton family established the Barbara Philbrick Memorial Fund at CST in memory of Jack Wheaton’s wife, Barbara Philbrick, who died that year from cancer. The Fund supports CST’s program of in-home nursing assistance.
“We understand what an emotional toll it takes on a family when a loved one is battling cancer,” Jack Wheaton said. “Through our support of Cancer Support Team, we not only honor Barbara, but also help those families who on their own may not be able to obtain proper care and counseling.”
The Benefit Co-chairs are Lisa Edmiston and Christina Staudt of Bronxville and Mark Rice of Rye. Honorary Co-Chairs are Sherry and Robert Wiener of Mamaroneck.
In addition to the benefit gala, CST receives financial support from individual donors and grants, Swim Across America, The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe and other foundations and community groups.
The non-profit Cancer Support Team, fully licensed by the New York State Department of Health, provides services to southern Westchester cancer patients at any stage of disease, free of charge and without regard to insurance coverage. Services include nursing care management, social work counseling, education, advocacy, information about community resources, transportation and financial assistance.
For more information about Cancer Support Team’s services, the 2012 Benefit, volunteering or providing financial support, go to www.cancersupportteam.org or call 914-777-2777.