One has to be present to appreciate the FULL impact of this day —  witnessing the hope on the faces of cancer patients and their family and friends who attend this free day of education and feeling their positivity.  Those who have attended know that they will come away with a renewed spirit and vigor, armed with vital information on the latest therapies and treatments to help them win the war.


This free daylong event, provided by the generosity of  the Foundation’s co-founders, Martin & Barbara Sass,  is dedicated to educate and support all who have been or will be affected by Breast Cancer and strives to educate the public. A record number of attendees, over 700, benefitted from this day.


Featured in this special day of education were genetic counselors, outstanding lecturers, interaction with vital support service groups and a “Meet the Experts” Town Hall Forum in which world-renowned physicians discussed the most current information regarding diagnoses and disseminating important information in the breakout sessions regarding treatments and prevention.  The event was co-moderated by Dr. Francis P. Arena, and Dr. Dwight DeRisi. These activities culminated in a luncheon where the distinguished guest speaker and honorees addressed the audience.


The honorees included , Keynote Lecturer, Dr. Franco Muggia, noted Oncologist, NYU Langone Medical Center.  The Lisa Cowan Memorial Award was bestowed upon Mary Murphy, Emmy Award Winning News Reporter at WPIX/11.  News  12 LI’s Shari Einhorn received the Albina Taddeo Humanitarian Award. .  Special recognition at the awards ceremony was given to SASS Foundation Chairman and Co-Founders, Martin D. and Barbara Sass, and Lara Sass Sivin, SASS Foundation Executive Board member.  We

gratefully acknowledge the Sass family who made this day possible.  We also gratefully acknowledge supporters such as Astra Zeneca, Celgene, Genentech, Genomic Health and Myriad Genetics for their help in underwriting sponsorships for this very special day

“Knowledge is Power”


 SASS Fdn Medical Board member,

Dr. Dwight DeRisi,

Honoree Guest Lecturer & SASS Fdn Medical Board member Dr. Franco Muggia; Honoree News12 Long Island Reporter, Shari Einhorn; Honoree WPIX/ News 11
Emmy Award-Winning
Reporter, Mary Murphy; SASS Fdn Chairman & Co-Founder, Martin D. Sass, SASS Fdn Treasurer & Co-Founder, Barbara Sass; and SASS Fdn President & Co-Founder, Dr. Francis P. Arena.