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Taking On Cancer

When it comes to getting help with breast cancer concerns, Syosset’s Anne Rattinger has been on both sides of the equation.

As a social work student at Adelphi University in 1992, she did her field placement at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she turned to the Adelphi Program for support. Today, she is a volunteer with the Adelphi’s breast cancer hotline, helping callers get through difficult times.

Even though Rattinger had worked closely with breast cancer patients, providing counseling to breast cancer patients at FEGS and running a support group at the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Program, she says she was still shocked when her mammogram revealed that she had breast cancer.

“But then I thought, why not me,” she says.

She well knows that one of the major risk factors for breast cancer is age. She had a bilateral mastectomy and was fortunate not to have to have chemotherapy due to her low-risk score on the Oncotype DX test that helps predict whether breast cancer will return.

“If I had gotten my breast cancer eight years ago, I would have had to have chemo because such a test didn’t exist,” she says.

Being a volunteer helps Rattinger keep current on the latest breast cancer information, both for herself and for the people who call the hotline.

“You find out everything new about breast cancer and are better able to help other people,” she says.

Currently, Rattinger is following up every other week with a couple. The husband had called because his wife was depressed and Rattinger has been able to provide them with the encouragement they needed.

Want to talk to someone about breast cancer? Call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com