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FOR RELEASE: 11/7/2013Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Southport Athletic Club donates over $600 to Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD, CT – Over 100 members of the Southport Athletic Club donated more than $600 to Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center (NPBCC) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The funds will be used for the NPBCC’s services to women in need. The Breast Care Center has been helping women in the community fight breast cancer for over a decade. Patients come from Fairfield, Bridgeport and the surrounding communities.

Kimberly Fox and Tim Taylor of the Southport Athletic Club with Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

“We are so grateful to the members of the Southport Athletic Club,” says Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “Their generosity will help women recieve the services they need for early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

The Southport Athletic Club holds various charity events throughout the year. One of its long-term members was treated at the breast care center. Donors were invited to pin a ribbon on the club’s “Wall of Pink” with a dedication to a loved one.

“Our members have been very generous,” says Kimberly Fox, group fitness manager, who helped organize the effort. “Everyone has been affected by breast cancer, whether through friends or family,” says Lisa Waite, Manager of Marketing and Support Services at the Southport Athletic Club.

“Many of our members are survivors. Members were very receptive to the fundraiser.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), 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 Norma F. Pfriem 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.

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