Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
Roslyn residents Amy Blumenfeld and her husband, Dan Kamensky, attended the June 16 Long Island Cancer Survivors Celebration, hosted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Ms. Blumenfeld, a cancer survivor, is a member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Survivorship Initiative and served as the event’s keynote speaker. Over 900 people attended the celebration, which was held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
Amy’s story was one of several inspiring ones that were celebrated at the dinner. A Roslyn resident for over 20 years, Amy was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 13.
The best chance for a cure, doctors determined, was an autologous bone marrow transplant. This would be the first time that Memorial Sloan-Kettering performed such an operation on an adolescent.
The procedure was fraught with some peril, namely the possibility that compromised fertility can be a side effect of such a treatment. However, the young Ms. Blumenfeld and her family decided to go ahead with the operation. When it was completed, some damage was done to the patient’s uterus, but, in general, the operation was a success and Amy’s overall health was excellent. Years later, another happy ending was reached as Amy and her husband became parents of a daughter who is now 4 years old.
In addition to parenting, Ms. Blumenfeld has pursued a career as a prolific journalist. She is a former staff writer and editor of George magazine and American Health magazine. She has also published numerous articles on health-related issues on a freelance basis, appearing in Fitness, People, Self, Marie Clarie and others. Ms. Blumenfeld has appeared on MSNBC, CBS News and Fox News in connection with her writings and survivorship issues.
Other survivors who were honored at the dinner included a Rockville Centre resident and longtime Marine Corps sergeant major who survived cancer of the salivary gland and an Amityville resident who survived a bout with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Memorial Sloan was in the news several years ago when the Lance Armstrong Foundation named it a Center of Excellence in Cancer Survivorship, pledging $1 million over five years to support Sloan-Kettering’s efforts to provide the best possible care for cancer survivors. The funds were used to recruit and train nurse practitioners to work in newly established survivorship clinics as well as to fund a clinical psychologist in the Center’s sexual health program.