Pictured Above: The 2019 team, from left: Meriz Yliana Guzman Cabrera- Patient Navigator, Island Impact; Edna Kapenhas, MD, Breast Surgeon; A Patient; Christina Wolchok, DO- Surgical Resident; and Michael Valdes  | Photo courtesy of Dr. Edna Kapenhas.

For seven years, Edna K. Kapenhas, MD, Director of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, has been bringing health care specialists to the Dominican Republic to provide breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and surgical treatment to those in need. 

This February, she will be accompanied by a team of 26 medical professionals, including radiologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, sonographers, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse assistants, and a second breast surgeon, all of whom who have volunteered their services to the International Breast Cancer Surgical Mission of Southampton, which was founded by Dr. Kapenhas in 2012 as part of Island Impact Ministries.

A Masquerade Ball fundraiser for the program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Union Cantina (40 Bowden Square) in Southampton. Advance tickets are $90 each ($100 at the door) and include festive masks, hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar, DJ and live music, a photo booth, 50/50 raffle, and an open bar from 6 to 8 p.m. 

To purchase tickets, call 631.726.8400 or visit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center in the hospital, or IBCSMUS.ticketleap.com/IBCSMMasqueradeBall. 

All proceeds will help fund surgeries, anesthesia, overnight hospital stays, biopsies, pathology costs, medications, supplies, chemotherapy, etc.  

The team would also be grateful for the donation of new or gently used wigs or prosthetics, which are being collected at the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center in Stony Brook Southampton Hospital through February 6.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. It is a leading cause of cancer death in less-developed countries due to lack of access to early screening and treatment. Globally, it now represents one in four of all cancers in women. 

Since 2008, worldwide breast cancer incidence has increased by more than 20 percent, and mortality has increased by 14 percent. Early detection is key in saving lives.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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