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FOR RELEASE: 12/27/2013Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Students flock flamingos for Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD, CT – Three students from Fairfield Ludlowe High School raised nearly $4,000 for Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Brest Care Center by participating in a Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The funds will benefit the center’s programs for women in need.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School student Jane Shanley; Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center; and students Emma Burnstein and Sarah Mason.

The girls, Emma Bernstein, Sarah Mason and Jane Shanley, chose two neighbors to start the flocking. Neighbors made a donation to have the flock taken away, and the girls moved in after dark to take the flamingos to their next destination.

The girls learned about the breast care center through their mothers. Jane’s mother is a yoga instructor at the center. Sarah’s mother is a member of the center’s President’s Council. Emma’s mother supports the center.

“This is the fourth year the girls have held this fundraiser for us,” said Donna Twist, executive director and vice president for development at the breast care center. “Their moms have been associated with the center for many years. It’s great to see their daughters getting involved.”

The fundraiser concluded on Oct. 31 with the girls visiting the breast care center’s Fairfield location to present the proceeds from the flocking.

“Our teen volunteers are amazing,” said Twist. “These girls came up with the idea themselves and presented us with a heartfelt gift.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center 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 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 also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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