Cancer Support Team (CST), the Westchester-based home-care services provider dedicated to helping patients and their families regardless of ability to pay, will celebrate the start of its fifth decade with an anniversary gala at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison on May 3rd. A cocktail reception will precede dinner, and the evening will include a Silent Auction, Fund A Need live auction and other fundraising activities. The awards program is slated to begin at 7:00.
Scheduled to receive CST’s 40th Anniversary Legacy Award are Tony Sibio, executive director, and Frank Webers, founder, of Swim Across America, Long Island Sound Chapter, a nonprofit organization that has raised funds for CST for the past 20 years. CST is also presenting this award to Betty Wald and the Lee Family to honor the memory of CST’s co-founders, Arnold M. Wald, MD, and Gayle K. Lee, RN for their vision in striving to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families affected by cancer.
“We are extremely grateful to our founders, who recognized the gap left by traditional medical care, and created a program that looked at the whole patient, not just the physical needs, and provided an individualized plan of care,” says Julie Meade, executive director of CST. “Thanks to Dr. Wald and Gayle Lee’s vision, thousands of cancer patients in Southern Westchester have received critical assistance that has improved their quality of life.”
CST is the only Westchester-based nonprofit home care program, licensed by the New York State Department of Health, that is solely focused on cancer and provides professional nursing, social work counseling, case management and other supportive services to patients and their families at any stage of the disease, at no cost and without regard to insurance coverage. Its mission is to provide a continuum of care to cancer patients at all stages, so that they can regain a sense of control over their lives and focus on living.
Ms. Meade adds that CST “deeply appreciates the support of Swim Across America. We would not be able to do all that we can for our patients without the help of Tony, Frank, their committee, and all the wonderful people who contribute so much time and effort to raise funds for many cancer-related causes, including ours.”
Cancer Support Team, founded in 1978, provides nursing care, social work counseling, case management and other supportive services to individuals and families living in southern Westchester. It is the “go-to” agency for cancer patients, from the newly diagnosed to people who have side effects, to individuals with palliative care and end-of-life concerns. The nonprofit has served thousands of individuals and families living with cancer at no cost and without regard to insurance coverage.
Additional information about CST can be found at cancersupportteam.org.