FOR RELEASE: 9/22/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Local teens raise over $8,000 for Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

High school students from Weston raised more than $8,000 for patient care programs at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in their first Catwalk for a Cure fashion show on Sept. 18. The money will be used to provide breast care services, including mammograms, to women with little or no health insurance. The show was held at the Norfield Grange in Weston.

High school students from Weston raised more than $8,000 for patient care programs

A seven-member committee of students oversaw the event, recruiting twenty of their classmates to help make the fashion show a success. Student leaders included Nikki Goldberg, Carey Marvin, Morgan Murray, Lena Romaldini, Sofia Santacaterina, Gabe Rosen and Bridget Schwartz.

Several local businesses contributed to making the evening a success. Students modeled clothing from Une Minette of Wilton and Dress Code and J McLaughlin of Westport.

Each year, several area high schools hold a Catwalk for a Cure to benefit breast cancer care at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. The series began in Fairfield and has spread to Easton, Trumbull and now Weston.

“The students are phenomenal,” says the Breast Care Center's Robin Righter. “They are so excited about this project and so dedicated to helping women in need. We are lucky 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. In addition, the Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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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.