Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Walk MS: Long Island 2014

For the fifth year in a row, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is the lead sponsor of Walk MS: Long Island, a two-day fundraiser to benefit members of the community suffering from multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis, known as MS, is an unpredictable, disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 2 million people worldwide. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body, resulting in symptoms including numbness of limbs, tingling or pain, slurred speech, fatigue, double vision, and dizziness. Walk MS: Long Island is an opportunity to connect people living with MS and those who care about them.

The first Walk MS: Long Island fundraiser will take place on Sunday, May 4th, in Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon where the site will open at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony for the 1.5 mile walk begins at 9:45 a.m. (actual start time is 10 a.m.). Man’s best friend can get involved in the effort to stamp out MS too! There’s a Pooch Parade that starts at 10:30 a.m. The second walk takes place two weeks later on Saturday, May 17th, on Field 5 at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh at 10 a.m., with a new family friendly 5K Fun Run beginning at 8 a.m.

While there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, there is promising research, and early and ongoing treatment with FDA-approved therapy can make a difference. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to more than 42,000 people affected by MS in our community. The dollars raised support critical MS research and programs, as well as services for people living with MS.

To register or volunteer for Walk MS, visit www.walkMSlongisland.org or call (631) 864-8337.

Monday, April 14, 2014

7th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults

Late April marks the 7th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults, an amazing high-energy event at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas that demonstrates the passion, fight, and human spirit of hundreds of cancer survivors and caregivers, and for the first time Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology (ZPR) will be an official bronze sponsor.

“As one of the top radiology groups in the country, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology understands the needs of these young adults affected with cancer and therefore will become the first outpatient facility in the USA to acquire the first-ever simultaneous MRI/PET scanner,” noted ZPR’s Clinical Specialist MRI/PET, DebbieAnn Pustam.

Cancer touches every American, whether you experience it directly or through a friend or family member. And while it’s hard to watch anyone  fight this fight, it’s even more difficult to see young adults fight. There’s something about the insanity of a young adult with cancer, well… it’s just  not fair. Stupid cancer.

And that’s just the driving force behind the OMG! Cancer Summit: Stupid Cancer.  OMG! Cancer Summit is the signature program of Stupid Cancer, the nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Matthew Zachary, a young cancer survivor, and is among America’s largest support communities for a population that’s added to by some 72,000 new diagnoses each year.

During the summit’s four days, April 24th through the 27th, OMG!’s agenda gives cancer fighters, survivors, and caretakers the opportunity to gather, join together, and celebrate life and the fight for it against this disease in one of America’s most vibrant cities. After getting settled by viewing some of Sin City’s highlights and a pre-celebration pool party, participants can join a fun walk and sit in on panels and discussions centered on a variety of topics from those centered on caregivers and how their lives have changed, to no-holds-barred talks about the effects of cancer on youths, and gender-specific issues related to the disease. It’s a real chance to address real issues for a good cause.

For more than 60 years, ZPR has been dedicated to providing state-of-the-art radiological services to their patients with a level of care unmatched in the industry.  The Siemens Biograph MRI/PET scanner offered at ZPR will decrease cumulative radiation exposure over a lifetime, provide a more accurate tool for diagnosing, staging, evaluating and detecting recurrence of cancer, and help those affected with the disease get back to living faster by combining two scans in one (MRI & PET).