NORWALK, Connecticut – December 12, 2016 – Nearly $14,000 was donated to the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital from SpinOdyssey, which turns enthusiasm for indoor cycling into awareness about breast cancer and money for the battle against it.
Mary Heery, APRN, AOCNS and Breast Health Specialist at Norwalk Hospital explains that SpinOdyssey has been a Smilow Family Breast Health Center partner for 16 years. “Through the years, many lives have been touched in a positive way,” Heery said.
“I am happy that we can raise money to help locally and enhance the quality of life for patients, while funding breast cancer research. Our efforts are bolstered by sponsors who stand behind our mission,” said Patty Kondub, SpinOdyssey Chairperson.
SpinOdyssey participants are breast cancer patients and community supporters who train with friends and colleagues to cycle for the cause.
“Patty works with our breast cancer patients to improve their physical strength and quality of life through exercise at the Westport/Weston Family YMCA and Center for Survivorship in Southport. Her passion touches everyone and she has been a true partner with Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center and Smilow Family Breast Health Center,” Heery said.
Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, Medical Director of the Smilow Family Breast Health Center and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Norwalk Hospital said, “Patty is a champion for our patients. SpinOdyssey raises money to support our breast center programs and breast cancer researchers around the country to help find a cure. Her enthusiasm is an inspiration to everyone around her.”
Dr. Zelkowitz and Heery agree that Patty’s passion has touched thousands of patients with the ongoing funds she helps to generate. “The support she provides to women undergoing breast cancer treatments can’t be measured in dollars,” Heery said.
Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center include an outdoor healing garden for patients, families and caregivers, contemporary consultation rooms and patient space with media and refreshments, two private infusion suites, 18 light-filled infusion bays with views of Long Island Sound, a dedicated CT Simulator and two state-of-the-art linear accelerators. The Center also includes spacious areas for patient support services and for the Hospital’s extensive clinical trials and collaborative research with nationally recognized cancer research centers.
Established in 2000 by two fitness professionals in southwestern Connecticut, SpinOdyssey has raised more than $3 million for breast cancer research and support services nationwide for patients. It has become the largest indoor cycling charity event in the United States.
The events are run by volunteers who are breast cancer survivors, instructors and students, and their families and friends. Funding is raised through registration fees and the sale of T-shirts and other merchandise. By keeping overhead costs low, the charity is able to donate a high percentage of proceeds to research and patient and family support services.