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North Fork Breast Health Coalition


The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is working to encourage and assist in the prevention, early intervention, and cure of breast cancer through advocacy, awareness, networking, and research. The funds we raise go directly to programs such as "Lend a Helping Hand", which provides grants to patients on the North Fork who are being treated for breast cancer.


  • Melanie McEvoy, President

  • Bernadette Tuthill, Vice-President

  • Annie Baulch, Secretary

  • Denise Vasilakos, Treasurer

  • Susan Ruffini, At Large Director

  • Lori McBride, At Large Director

  • Janice Young, At Large Director

  • Luisa Gatz, At Large Director

  • Shannon Reitz, At Large Director

  • Colleen Pennica, At Large Director

  • Ann Cotten-DeGrasse

  • Antonio DeGrasse
       Coalition Founders​

We are a group of concerned citizens working in conjunction with other community resources. As a not-for-profit organization, we have no paid employees, but rather return all funds raised for services to those diagnosed with breast cancer on the North Fork. We are committed to finding an answer to the high incidence of breast cancer in our area. Our primary goal is to increase community awareness of the many issues involved in the battle against this disease which kills more than 180,000 women a year in this country.


In addition to helping identify the causes of breast cancer, our goal is to educate women about the importance of self-breast exams and annual mammograms as preventive measures. Our objective is to have 100% of the East End female population, age 16+ performing self-breast exams and 100% of the female population age 40+ receiving annual mammograms.

The NFBHC is involved in conducting educational outreach programs at health fairs and other community forums. Members of our speakers’ bureau provide educational programs at local schools, churches, and civic organizations.

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Your contributions of time and talent are needed,

Join our organization and become a NFBHC volunteer!

North Fork Breast Health Coalition Logo. A large pink breast cancer awareness ribbon overlayed with initials of the organization