Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition founder and President Karen Joy Miller recently visited with Huntington High School Science Honor Society members for a presentation on the work of the organization she has helped build into a highly respected powerhouse.
The after school presentation in the high school auditorium included a segment on the significance of environmental exposures in the development of breast cancer. Ms. Miller discussed her work with the HBCAC and the strides it has helped make possible in the fight against one of the world’s dreaded diseases.
Huntington Science Honor Society President Sam Roberts and Corresponding Sara Frawley have both participated in the HBCAC’s highly regarded internship program and each of the teenagers spoke during the presentation. The pair explained the important of working with the community and discussed the research they conducted during their internship.
The HBCAC’s mission is simple: “We are a not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness,” according to the group’s website. “Our mission is to focus on prevention methods while actively helping those who are faced with a positive diagnosis.”
“Throughout the presentation there was an emphasis on students making change,” Ms. Frawley said. “From making safer choices with the products they buy to advocating for change in their community, everyone was left with an important message.”
Founded in 1992 as a non-profit, grassroots organization, the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition has been dogged in its quest to raise cancer awareness and its effort to promote education about the disease.
“HBCAC continues to work with the community to understand cancer and promote the idea that prevention is the cure,” Ms. Frawley said. “HBCAC focuses on educating primarily the Long Island community. They also provide a network of doctors who aid this process. Additionally, they advocate for change on a government level.”
Teachers Lori Kenny and Dame Forbes served as the faculty advisor for Huntington’s National Science Honor Society chapter.
(Huntington High School senior Sara Frawley contributed reporting for this story.)