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FOR RELEASE: 5/17/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Teachers at St. Paul’s Nursery School honor breast cancer patient


Teachers at St. Paul’s Nursery School in Fairfield sold more than 100 pink bracelets to raise money for breast cancer care to honor the sister-in-law of one of their colleagues who is fighting the disease.

“Breast cancer has touched all of our lives,” says Margee Ready, director of the school, which has raised funds for other women’s health issues. “It’s a really wonderful cause.”

St. Paul's Nursery

Lisa Ferrio, an assistant teacher at the school, came up with the idea to honor her sister-in-law who was diagnosed last year and is now in treatment.

The fundraiser was held May 5 and 6. Ready chose a date close to Mother’s Day as a way of honoring women. Students dressed in pink, and their teachers, who normally dress in business attire, were encouraged to wear jeans, accented by something pink.

The money raised will go to the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield and their programs for underserved women.

“This was a complete surprise,” says Donna Twist, executive director of the Breast Care Center. “The teachers came to us, and the kids were so enthusiastic. We’re so fortunate to have their help.”

Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 18,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.


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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.