Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00
A survivor of breast cancer for five years, Roslyn resident Deborah Klein has received an unexpected bonus for all the work in breast cancer awareness: She is now part of a “Moms Who Kick” 2012 calendar, one produced by the firm of that same name and one designed to support numerous organizations, including the American Cancer Society, North Shore/LIJ, Monter Cancer Center, and The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Hospital.
Ms. Klein, who lives in Roslyn with her husband and their three children, applied for inclusion in the calendar earlier this year. Being accepted and appearing as Ms. February for the Moms Who Kick calendar is only the latest achievement for Ms. Klein. This year, Ms. Klein has spoken to a congregation in Huntington, attended the National Art Therapy Conference in Los Angeles, and was a speaker at the Relay for Life conference, held at Harbor Hill Country Club in Port Washington. The fashion shot for the Moms Who Kick calendar took place at a fashion show at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. At the national conference, Ms. Klein, in addition to giving a talk, also shared drawings and writings about her experience in beating back breast cancer.
“I’m grateful to be an inspiration to young people,” Ms. Klein told The Roslyn News. “I went through a rigorous, traumatic thing and I am glad I can help people. The support of the [Roslyn] community has been great. It has driven me to step up and do all these things.”
Among her other activities she has been, since 2006, team captain of “Deborah’s Hearts & Soles” for the Susan G Komen Foundation, where she has helped to raise thousands of dollars. Moreover, Ms. Klein has been profiled in both Woodbury magazine and a “Life’s Victories” edition of Newsday. Also this year, Ms. Klein has designed a bra, done she said, “out of inspiration to my experiences with breast cancer,” one that was auctioned off at an Adelphi Breast Cancer Charity event.
Ms. Klein was diagnosed in July 2006, and soon underwent a 19-hour surgery, followed by months of chemotherapy and numerous radiation treatments.
“I’ve worked extremely diligently at staying healthy both physically and emotionally,” she said. “It has been my goal to do whatever I can to help inspire others and aid in charity work for breast cancer research.”
The calendar itself, which includes other local women who have tackled and defeated breast cancer, can be purchased for $20 (tax deductible) online at momswhokick.com or at the Integrated Solutions fitness center in Roslyn, located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd.