FOR RELEASE: 11/1/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Easton teens raise $15,000 for Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

Easton high schoolers raised a record $15,000 during their annual Catwalk for a Cure, a fashion show to benefit patient care programs at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. The show took place on October 23 at Brooklawn Country Club. The money will be used to provide breast care services, including mammograms, to women with little or no insurance.

Catwalk for a Cure Senior Captain Gayle Powell with committee member Savannah StoneA 55-member committee of high school students oversaw the event and made the fashion show a success. The committee was led by Senior Captain Gayle Powell and Junior Captains Stephanie Babcock and Sarah McCain.

Businesses from the community helped by donating clothing by popular designers. Students modeled clothing from Une Minette of Wilton; La Moda, Cargo Bay and Apricot Lane of Fairfield; and Dress Code and J McLaughlin of Westport.

Hairstyles were created by Salon Darin of Monroe.

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 Weston.

“The students are moved when they learn about the impact of breast cancer on women and their families,” says Robin Righter of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “Many of them have family members who have been touched by the disease. 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 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.

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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.