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On Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 Stacy Quarty and Susie Roden traveled to Smithtown to receive grant money for our local team "Heaven Can Wait" team at the Li2Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Stacy and Susie (team co-captains) brought back a check for $100,000! These funds will be used to support our local breast cancer organizations: Lucia's Angels, The Coalition for Women's Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center.

Stacy, Susie and all of team "Heaven Can Wait" would like to thank everyone in the community who helped us reach this amazing goal.

Lucia's Room Opening
September, 2011

Southampton Press, July 6, 2011-
"Lucia's Room at Southampton Hospital"

Southampton Town Honors team "Heaven Can Wait" at the LI2DAY Walk for Breast Cancer. June, 2011

Southampton Hospital, March 1, 2011- "Lucia's Angels Pledges Funds for Lucia's Room Project at Southampton Hospital"

Southampton Press, April 6, 2010- 2010 Bra Auction

Southampton Press, Sept. 22, 2010- The Coalition for Women's Cancers at Southampton Hospital

Southampton Press, Oct. 20, 2010- Real Men Wear Pink Campaign

The Southampton Independent
May 16, 2007

The Sag Harbor Express
October 26, 2006

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The Shelter Island Reporter
October 5, 2006

5K Run to Benefit Lucia's Angels
By Cara Lori

The Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk is coming to Shelter Island, Saturday, October 21. The fall fund-raising run benefits the North and South Fork Breast Health coalitions and this year the event’s raffle proceeds will go to a new fund to support women and families going through the final stages of breast cancer. The fund, called Lucia’s Angels, was established in memory of 5K volunteer Lucia Bagan, who died of breast cancer last month.

“She was the greatest friend you could have,” 5K coordinator Mary Ellen Adipietro said of Ms. Bagan, who died on August 21. Ms. Bagan, who lived in Manhasset and Southampton, was never alone in her last weeks of life. Friends, including Ms. Adipietro, relieved her husband Dan so he could tend the couple’s two children, Luciano, age seven, and Daniella, age four.

Ms. Bagan was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months after Daniella was born.

While in a hospice facility in Huntington, Ms. Bagan was surrounded by friends 24 hours a day, Ms. Adipietro said. In her last days, Lucia wanted to go home to Southampton and the ocean. The arrangements were made and she was transported by ambulance from the hospice in Huntington to the East End. “She had her last wishes. A lot of people don’t,” Ms. Adipietro said.

Under the umbrella of the South Fork Breast Health Coalition, Lucia’s Angels will strive to make the last days of breast cancer victims more like the “incredible experience” Lucia had with her friends and family, according to Susie Rhoden of the South Fork Breast Health Coalition. “We’ve lost so many young mothers with kids,” she commented.
Islander Gina Kraus, a key 5K volunteer, suggested donating the proceeds of this year’s raffle in memory of Ms. Bagan, who always helped with the 5K raffle prizes as well as those for the larger South Fork breast cancer race, Ellen’s Run, according to Ms. Adipietro. Ms. Bagan walked the Shelter Island race in 2004 despite having lost all her hair to chemotherapy. “We’ve got to do more for this disease,” she told Ms. Adipietro at the time.

She described how Ms. Bagan kept her sense of humor and drive to help others even in her last days in hospice: she couldn’t do the raffle legwork for Ellen’s Run and so told her friends to hit up the local businesses with zeal, saying, “Tell them I’m dying, they can give more!”
Lucia’s Angels mission statement says it will “provide assistance to women and families going through the final stages of breast cancer. From last wishes like one more trip to the beach, to providing extra child-care, to the holding of a hand to the very end, Lucia’s spirit and her Angels will be there.”

“Lucia’s friends taught me so much,” Ms. Roden said. She acknowledged that despite efforts to treat cancer and support patients, “we often look the other way” when people are dying. “It’s time to deal with that,” she said, the way Lucia’s friends dealt with it.
“If we can make Lucia’s dying into something positive, we’ve done a good thing,” Ms. Roden said.

As Ms. Bagan did in years past, 5K volunteers have hustled up some prime raffle prizes for the Island fund-raiser, including lunch for four at the American Hotel, tickets to a Nets basketball game, a LaCarezza Salon spa certificate and a certificate for Vine Street Café. Planet Bliss has donated discount coupons and the restaurant’s Luna bars will be in the goody bags given to each participant.

Runner and walker registration and pledge forms are available at local businesses. Fees are $10 for children, age 14 and under and $20 for adults registering before October 15; on race day registration is $25. Raffle tickets can be purchased on race day at the registration/finish line area outside the Sunset Beach hotel on Shore Road. Winners must be present to claim their prize. Raffle tickets will cost $2 each or 6 for $10. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Those unable to walk or run can come to cheer the racers on. Massages, the complimentary barbecue and other post-race activities are usually underway before 11 a.m.

“The 5K race has such a special feel to it,” Ms. Roden said. Sharing proceeds with both its neighbors on the North and South forks “is so typical of Shelter Island,” she added. And “this year,” with the addition of Lucia’s Angels, it “will be more powerful and moving than ever before,” Ms. Roden concluded.

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