Give Mom The Gift Of Family Time For Years To Come This Mother’s Day – Remind Her To Schedule A Mammogram
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
April 27, 2012
If your family is like mine, Mother’s Day is one of the most important days of the year. The rest of the family shares ideas in eager anticipation of the opportunity to finally show Mom how important she is. But you know what Mom always told us she wanted? Not the candy, not the flowers, not the jewelry. Just quality time spent with her family. Celebrated this year on Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day is a time that every family sets aside to honor and pay tribute to the often thankless role that mothers play in our society. Celebrated on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day was officially named a holiday back in 1914 by our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson. MAMMOGRAMS: THIS SIMPLE SCREENING IS A LIFE-SAVING WAY TO ENSURE MANY MORE YEARS OF FAMILY TIME Who hasn’t heard a mother remind her children to ‘watch over your brother’ or ‘watch over your sister’? Mom taught us that taking care of one another was one of the basic duties that came with being a part of a family. This year, we can show our mothers that we are honoring the values they instilled in us as children by reminding them to schedule a mammogram. This simple reminder could literally help save her life. A mammogram is a critical life-saving tool that can lead to the early identification of breast cancer. The good news – 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal, which will give your whole family peace of mind. More good news – each year, scientists are making new breakthroughs and innovations in breast cancer treatment and care! ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM I am proud to once again join the Adelphi University School of Social Work on Long Island in promoting their free services and support programs as part of the University’s yearly “Mother’s Day Campaign.” The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program was established in 1980 and is now celebrating 32 successful years of helping New Yorkers. LOCATE A MAMMOGRAPHY FACILITY AND GET A REFERRAL BY CALLING: 1-800-877-8077 If you need information, or just want someone to talk to - calling Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Toll-Free Hotline at 1-800-877-8077 is the first step to preventing breast cancer in your family. Specially-trained volunteers are available to offer emotional support, additional information and referrals to a nearby accredited mammography facility so a screening can be scheduled. These volunteers are people who have “been there” – the vast majority are actually breast cancer survivors themselves. INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST CANCER ALSO IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY AT WWW.ADELPHI.EDU/NYSBREASTCANCER AND ON FACEBOOK Additional informational resources are located on the Support Program’s website and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/adelphibreastcancerhotline. Women can find information on breast cancer prevention, a glossary of key terminology, a calendar of events and forums, support groups and questions to ask your health care provider. MOTHERS ARE ALWAYS CARING FOR US – LET’S TAKE TIME TO CARE FOR THEM Every kid with a skinned knee knows - a mother’s kiss is magical. When I was a kid, her kiss could heal a cut, and as I grew older, her affection and concern helped me to cope with the problems and anxieties of adulthood. Now is our chance to return that affection and concern. Diagnosing breast cancer at its earliest stages puts time on our side. Let us ‘watch over’ all the women we know this Mother’s Day and remind them to schedule their mammograms and utilize the free services available from the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at email@example.com.