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January 2017


Interesting Program: Susan G. Komen Patient Navigation Program

Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia Seminar on their National Patient Navigation Program To Improve Breast Cancer Outcomes For Underserved Women And Men


Earlier this month Susan G Komen Philadelphia held a seminar on the Navigation Programs they run locally to help underserved women and men in their fight against breast cancer. I love this program, so often when a person goes for treatment, they don’t always know the follow up treatments, maybe they can’t afford the bus, they have other obligations, they’re fearful.

Barriers to quality care
that may lead to disparities in breast cancer outcomes
fall into a number of
Financial and economic
Language and cultural
Health care system
Bias based on culture/race/age
/sexual orientation


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Pat Capaldo and Collette Olsen, volunteers of Komen

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Bruno Mandarano, Pfizer, Sidney Grobman, Harold P. Freedman, MD, and Elaine I. Grobman, CEO Komen Philadelphia


Christine Brown and Renee Jordan

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Nora Kamturakes, RN and Joceline Valentine

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Pfizer was the sponsor of the luncheon and provided a boxed lunch for the guests

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Elaine I. Grobman, CEO Komen Philadelphia
One of Komen’s most important priorities is to break through economic or social barriers that prevent many women from accessing quality breast cancer care. With the Navigation Program these women can get
the information they need for their care, and their follow up care which will lengthen their lives.


Harold P. Freeman, MD 
The concept of patient navigation was founded and pioneered by Harold P. Freeman in 1990 for the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. It has since evolved to include the timely movement of an individual across the entire health care continuum from prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive, to end-of-life care.(source)

Healthcare workers attended the event to hear how the program works, as well as for the guests to discuss how they implement the program with their patients.

In its ongoing effort to reduce breast cancer deaths by ensuring access to timely, quality breast cancer care, Susan G. Komen today announced a new nationwide program, funded by Walgreens and its customers, for patient navigation services that guide women and men through diagnosis and treatment.

A better explanation of the Susan G Komen Navigation Program


Important Dates to Remember:

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure – Sun May 14 2017



Philly Gossip: Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman & Bryan Cranston Spotted, Malcolm Jenkins, Meek Mills and More

Happy Monday, I know no one is really happy on Monday. I usually publish this on Sunday, but I slept til noon after the Ball Saturday night and well here we are. Check out Philly Mag and Metro today for pixs from the Ball.  Here’s something to put a smile on your face – Philly Gossip Monday: Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman & Bryan Cranston Spotted, Malcolm Jenkins, Meek Mills and More.



Yeah Phillywood has kicked off. Friday Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman were in Philly for a table reading of the new Neil Berger movie “Intouchable” which I mentioned a few weeks ago would
be filming in Philadelphia. Friday evening car scenes were filmed in Center City, but the principles weren’t involved.  Cranston and Kidman flew out to prepare for the Screen Actors Guild Award Awards last night. Kidman presented, and Cranston won for his performance in “All the Way. Be on the look out for them for the next 4 weeks and drop me a line if you see they, especially if you have a picture with them.

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Since Nicki Minaj dumped Meek Mills, his new Sixers seatmate looks to be Kevin Hart. Let’s keep it that way cause nearly every game Kevin Hart has attended the Sixers have won.  Also spotted at the game
was Allen Iverson, M. Night Shyamalan, who’s on quite a winning streak himself as his newest movie, the psychological thriller Split, was the No. 1 movie again at the US box office this weekend, holding on to the top spot for a second week running. It’s now made $78 million domestically and $24 million internationally, pushing its worldwide total above $100 million. (I think I’m going to see it tonight at The Roxy)

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Connor Barwin sitting court side, spotted Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins with wife Morrisa Jenkins.
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Sunday night Malcolm Jenkins, the dapper dresser was the bartender on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen .

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Currently living in Philadelphia, international songstress Vassy  has landed at the top of Billboard Dance Club Songs with ‘Nothing to Lose‘ this week.

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Congrats to Laura Burkhardt who starts her new job at Visit Philly tonight. Friday night her friends threw her a good luck party at R2L. Executive Chef/Owner Daniel Stern was on hand to wish her well
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Congrats to Sam and Connie Katz, whose daughter was married in December, but he just posted the shots this weekend. 1-30-2017 9-07-54 AM (Custom) (Custom)

Thanks to Men’s Wearhouse for dressing me for the 160th Academy Concert and Ball this past weekend, and for giving my readers $40 off their rentals.
Thanks to my Instagram followers for all the love.
It was an awesome time, and my tux fit perfectly, the first time in the 6 years I’ve gone. I had no idea Men’s Wearhouse rented tuxes, let alone White Tails. I did know
they had great suits, and men’s clothing. They have a Big & Tall section as well. Go check them out at
1624 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Pa


Pixs: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Gala Honoring Kevin Hines and Drew Bergman

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held their annual Lifesaver Gala last month at the Curtis Center in Philadelphia.

AmericanThe American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Nearly $50,000 was raised at the event for the cause.

Evan Solomon, and Lynsie Solomon, co chair and producer of the Lifesaver Gala. Thanks Lynsie for creating an amazing event, including obtaining great items for
the silent auction.

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Shelley Leaphart-Williams, and Garden Logan, co-chair of the Lifesaver Gala

AJ Marsico and Annie McCormick, 6ABC. Annie was the MC for the program

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There was an amazing silent auction, and by amazing I mean it. Lynsie and her committee really obtained unique items

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which brought in nearly $10,000. There were trips, and jewelry, sports experiences, and dinners

Jill Rizen


Nearly 200 people filled the beautiful Cescaphe Curtis Center lobby. Cescaphe created the lovely draping of the room
and table settings.

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Shelley Leaphart-Williams, Dr.Lawrence Real, Jan Evans, Dr.Tami Benton, Catherine Siciliano, Dr.Arthur Evans, and Dr.Guy Diamond, Dr. Pat Gainey

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Denise Fike was on hand to do illustrations

Tita and Khayla Atte



This was a great raffle idea. For $20 you could buy a cork, which you would choose out of a hat. The cork had a number marked on it
and matched up with a bagged bottle of wine, who’s value ran from $10 to $100. Then the bottle was held at the desk until the end of the night when you picked it up, cause dinner included wine. Nearly every bottle was spoken for by the end of the night.

Caryn Hersch, Board member of AFSP and Vickie Nomiddle


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention honored mental health advocates Kevin Hines and Drew Bergman at its annual Save a Life Gala in 2017. With Dr. Pat Gainey, Philadelphia regional director for the American Foundation and Catherine M. Siciliano, AFSP associate Philadelphia area director