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It begins with only one, then together we can do the impossible.
Karen Allen, Military Veteran, CEO/Founder Mrs. Allen's Patty Cake & Designs by Karen
Singer and song writer for Mrs. Allen's Patty Cake
Dual MS Education/ Special Education, AS Fashion Designs
After losing a child to childhood cancer Karen later discovered her own breast cancer. Karen is a 2x Breast cancer survivor. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, Worked in the fashion industry on 7th avenue for several fashion houses including Giorgio Armani, private clients and on several on and off Broadway plays such as,42nd street, 110 Under the Sun , The Country Wife and NYU Masters Dance Concert for Arts Professions Dance Education Program.
Seeking more knowledge Karen continue to educate herself after learning that her daughter learned differently. Returning back to college to become a educator. The idea was to help her daughter who learn differently never forgetting to give back and teach the younger generation to dream. Karen attended the College of new Rochelle and became a educator in Elementary-education and started teaching fashion after school. This allow Karen to reinvent herself to have the best of both careers. While in college this time Karen began to write and was encouraged to write more after publishing a project while attending college. A collaboration titled “ Anthology of Souls”.
In November of 2017 it was necessary for Karen to retire due to breast cancer recurrence after 28 years. Karen began to reinvent herself again volunteering working with SAVED 4 Life Cancer Corporation. Karen created Mrs. Allen Patty Cake Teaching children the essentials in a fun upbeat way and geared towards children with Autism.
Mrs. Allen’s Patty Cake Music can be purchased on Tik Tok, iTunes(Apple Music), Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Mrs. Allen Patty Cake Video
Avon a big support of Breast Cancer Awareness (to purchase or become a sales rep) contact Karen Allen
Dr. Lisa Wiechmann, Board Certified Breast Surgeon Comprehensive Breast Center of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
Dr. Wiechmann is a board certified surgeon specializing in breast cancer, who was recognized with honors by the Breast Cancer Alliance, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and the Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Wiechmann's dedication to patient-driven, personalized care has earned many awards. These include the "Faces of Respect" Award at Montefiore Medical Center (2011-2013) and the Greenwich Hospital Quality Award (2015). Her peers recently selected Dr Wiechmann as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, a nationally ranked service whose mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare; she has been listed in the "Guide to America's Top Surgeons" for the past 3 years.
Dr. Wiechmann is a breast surgeon with over 10 years of experience at the Comprehensive Breast Center of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, a multi-site, multi-disciplinary entity that incorporates the legacy of innovation and trust associated with the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She works closely with a multi-disciplinary team including radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and other breast cancer support staff. Her goal is to make patient and family experience as simple, thorough, and streamlined as possible. Dr Wiechmann approaches each patient in a personal, kind, and compassionate way and believes in shared decision-making and teamwork. She speaks English, Spanish, and Italian fluently and can conduct the consultation in any of those languages. In the clinic, Dr. Wiechmann's interests include triple negative breast cancer (ER, PR, and HER2 negative), the genetic and familial predisposition to breast cancer, and disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes.
Dr Wiechmann, who was born and raised in Florence, Italy, received her medical degree Magna Cum Laude at Universita' Degli Studi Di Firenze Facolta' Di Medicina e Chirurgia in Florence, Italy.
She completed a General Surgery Residency at TUFTS, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston followed by a research fellowship in the prestigious laboratory of Dr Kent Osborne and Dr Rachel Schiff, at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. At Baylor, her research focused on the preclinical development of therapies targeting the HER2 receptor; her work was recognized by Komen/AACR. Dr Wiechmann's work has been published in many surgical and the Breast Cancer Alliance, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and the Society of Surgical Oncology have repeatedly recognized oncology publications and her with awards for her research and scholarship.
After completing her research at Baylor, Dr Wiechmann was the recipient of the Breast Cancer Alliance award that funded her clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which led to her participation in the prestigious ASCO/AACR (American Society for Clinical Oncology/American Association for Cancer Research) course, Methods in Clinical Cancer Research.
Call to schedule an appointment: Columbia Doctors - Midtown 51 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019 (212) 305-9676
Formally known as Senior Living Options, Inc., Step Up For Better Living was founded as a 501c3 non- profit corporation in 1998. The organization was established based on the mission of promoting the health, well-being and happiness of senior citizens. In 2015, Senior Living Options, Inc. began doing business as Step Up for Better Living based on a plan to expand services to low-income families, special needs populations, and youth. Program activities originally focused on transitioning families into permanent housing. Step Up wanted to ease this transition into permanent housing by ensuring families had access to community resources including but not limited to childcare, healthcare, food pantries, addiction prevention and mental health services. Staff conducted home visits, office visits, and telephone follow-ups to ensure clients remained connected to community resources. Gradually new services were added including case management, counseling, eviction prevention, information and referrals. Step Up for Better Living has developed a consistent track record in stabilizing families in permanent housing. Over 98% of the families we serve remain permanently housed.
Step Up for Better Living has expanded its program model to include activities that promote self-sufficiency. Key services include providing access to food, technology, employment, education and money management services. The goal of these are to empower individuals and help them develop skills that improve their quality of life. New strategies to promote client access to services have also been implemented. Clients can now access Step Up for Better Living online to request assistance. Focus groups and client workshops that facilitate access to employment, education and technology are also offered. New partnerships with non-profit organizations that offer key services to individuals and families have been established. Furthermore, Step Up for Better Living has developed a monitoring tool to measure how clients are connecting with programs. We have also improved our capacity to measure client outcomes to document the impact of the services we provide.
Most recently, we have introduced the Step Up Emergency Food Fund to help those impacted by Covid-19 who are battling food insecurity. Step Up has partnered with nonprofits and food pantries working on the front lines to provide assistance. Our approach is to provide these organizations access to funding to purchase food, add staff, and purchase PPE. We aim to immediately put food in the hands of those who are desperately in need of it. Website: https://www.sublnyc.org/who-we-are/
Iesha Sekou, Founder/CEO
Street Corner Resources, Inc.
Community Activist / Motivational Speaker
Bachelor Degree in Education
Iesha Sekou is the Founder and CEO of Street Corner Resources, Inc. Throughout Iesha’s professional career, she has been engaged in providing resources which assist youth and adults in self-development. Whether through music, education or employment, Iesha finds ways to creatively inspire those in her presence to fulfill their God-given potential. Congressman Charles Rangel proclaimed her a visionary whose work has made a significant impact on the Harlem community. She is a dynamic and powerful motivational public speaker and is one of the premier New York advocates encouraging youth to eliminate gun and gang violence. Iesha has used her network and media savvy to effectively rally political and grassroots support against gun and gang violence in every borough of New York City, and in Chicago and Washington DC.
Iesha earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach Florida. Her career began in education, which explains her relentless enthusiasm to uplift and empower young people.
Her honors include:
Congressional recognition and a Congressional Proclamation from the U. S. House of Representatives.
The New York Manhattan Borough President’s Trailblazer Award, a proclamation for service to youth.
A citation for service and leadership from the New York City Council.
Street Corner Resources (SCR) was born out of a concern over gun violence and gang activity amongst Harlem’s youth. In 2005, Iesha Sekou, a long-standing community activist, decided to start a non-profit organization that would engage youth and provide them with the resources to help them develop holistically and serve as a positive alternative against the ongoing trend towards violence in urban neighborhoods.
Since its inception, Street Corner Resources has lived up to its name by providing multiple resources to community youth. SCR’s activities include workshops, (Rekindling the Inner Spirit to Succeed, the Male Box Group Series, Financial Literacy), a very active street presence (Speak Peace Forward and Occupy The Corners), offer Professional Mental Health Services, Employment and Education Services, Legal Aid and other supportive and wrap-around services.and the installation of the first I AM PEACE Music Studio located within a Harlem High School.Street Corner Resources’ most recent initiative is the Cure Violence program in Central Harlem. In addition, we are proud to SCR’s history continues to be written, as Iesha Sekou and her SCR team endeavor to bring peace and improvement to our neighborhoods.
She is also the host of Street Corner Resources LIVE, a community affairs radio show which airs on WHCR 95.5FM Radio every Monday from 8:00am-9:00am.To find out more about Street Corner Resources visit https://scrnyc1.org.
SPEAK PEACE FORWARD!
Andria Reyes, M.A.
Manager of Health Education/Community Outreach
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Community Outreach and Engagement Program
The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center’s (HICCC) Community Outreach and Engagement Office (COE) brings together a team of experienced researchers, clinicians and community health educators. Working with community stakeholders and community members, HICCC cancer patients, and their families, we are committed to reducing the burden of cancer. We strive to understand the needs of the communities and patients served by the HICCC, and work to remove access barriers to cancer prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship services.
Community Outreach and Engagement
Make an appointment for the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Navigating cancer care can be overwhelming. Our team of dedicated access representatives are here to help you make an appointment with the specialists that you need. Call us at 212-305-5098 to make an appointment, or fill out the form online
and one of our representatives will call you back at a time that is convenient for you. Regular business hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. You may also leave a voicemail message after regular business hours, and we will return your call.
Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Ph.D.,(on the left) lost her mother to cancer when she was just 16 years old and has since devoted her career to developing programs to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families. The BOLD (Bronx Oncology Living Daily) Program is a free wellness and support program that was launched in 2008 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System to meet the particular needs of those affected by cancer and their families, regardless of where they received treatment. The program grew out of an ongoing psychosocial needs assessment of cancer patients and includes workshops such as yoga, crochet, drum circle, Reiki healing, meditation, Aikido, and a walking group. In addition, there are weekly counseling and support groups, and peer counseling through the volunteer-based BOLD Buddy Program. The program is offered for both English and Spanish speakers. For more information, please email CancerSupport@Einstein.yu.edu, visit
Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology
The BOLD (Bronx Oncology Living Daily) Program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System
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