Fairfield resident Katherine Sullivan was recently honored as one of 16 finalists for the 2011 New England Patriots Community MVP Awards. Sullivan, one of the founding members of the President’s Council of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, was sited for her work to advance the center and her commitment to improving the health of women in the community.
Joshua Kraft, President of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, presents Katherine Sullivan, a volunteer with the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, with a Community MVP Award.
Sullivan began volunteering with the Breast Care Center in 2000, shortly after it opened.
“Katherine has been instrumental in helping the Center grow with the addition of the first free standing, community-based breast care center in Connecticut serving disadvantaged women in a high risk community,” says Donna Twist, Breast Care Center Executive Director.
Katherine was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 and has made educating young women about breast cancer her special cause. She speaks at community organizations to raise awareness, talks to young women about the importance of testing and helps dispels their fears. She has also helped the Breast Care Center address fertility and sexuality issues in young women with cancer, providing resources to better serve the Center’s patients who are concerned about being able to have children after breast cancer.
"Thanks to Katherine's help in our outreach programs, we know that young women in our community will be prepared if they notice a change in their bodies,” says Twist. “We are honored to have her as a part of our team."
The New England Patriots annual Community MVP Awards Program, a New England Patriots Charitable Foundation program for the past 11 years, honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. The sixteen Community MVPs were honored during a luncheon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on June 9 with a donation made in their name to the non-profit organization for which they volunteer. The Breast Care Center received a $2,500 donation from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The program is supported in part by the Kraft family which owns the Patriots.
"The Krafts, through their donation to our Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, have joined their vision with ours to make sure that all women, regardless of age, race or ability to pay, get the care that they need when faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer,” says Sullivan. “Every dollar from the MVP grant will have a significant and direct impact on the lives of our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends."
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 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 also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.