Activists help women get checked for breast cancer

Linda Marr, (l.) vice president of NY Community Bank, smiles alongside Darcy Novick, founder of The Bosom Buddies. Photo by Sherri Rossi
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In December 2010, Darcy Novick was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later she was on a lunch break from her job in Long Island City, and she happened to notice a bus from the American Italian Cancer Foundation. They were offering free mammograms and breast cancer screenings. As a result she started the Bosom Buddies Organization.

To date Bosom Buddies has raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Association through fund-raising events like Bowling for the Cure, Laugh for the Cure, Walk for the Cure, Eat for the Cure, Dance for the Cure and Rally for the Cure. Novick is a bubbly, enthusiastic, energetic woman who gives much of her time to support ACS. Her mission is to make sure that every woman, regardless of means, gets a yearly mammogram and breast exam as well as ultimately finding a cure for cancer.

Along the way, she has partnered with Stephanie Gonzalez of the American Italian Cancer Foundation, Allison DeRosa of NY Family Docs and Linda Marr, vice president of community outreach at NY Community Bank. Collectively they are organizing a number of future events and organizers offered mammograms to women in Corona last week.

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic was parked in the Queens County Savings Bank March 26. The test was available to women age 40 and older, who have health insurance, and age 50 and older, with or without health insurance. For more information and information about upcoming events, visit

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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That reminds me to get my testicles checked.
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