An inspirational event dedicated to addressing the disparities in diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in African-American women and how we can connect community to action.
CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas, Dana Tyler, and Elise Finch will be joined by an exciting panel of special guest for inspirational conversations and real talk about the importance of breast cancer screening and services available.
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Susan G. Komen Greater NYC is on a mission: No one should die from breast cancer. Join the sisterhood as we fight to educate our community on the importance of breast cancer screening and early detection. Together, we will create more survivors.
Elise Finch is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist who joined the WCBS weather team in April 2007. Ms. Finch came to CBS from NBC where she served as a meteorologist for the “Early Today Show,” MSNBC, and NBC Weather Plus.
Prior to NBC, Ms. Finch was the weekend weather anchor at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at the CBS and FOX affiliates in Youngstown, Ohio and the ABC affiliate in Austin, Minnesota. Finch started her career in television behind the scenes at E! Entertainment Television, where she served as a production coordinator for special projects and live events.
Finch was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University where she received one of the prestigious President’s Awards. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. Ms. Finch completed the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.
Finch enjoys taking part in community events. She has emceed events for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey, the Westchester Library System, the Mount Vernon High School Hall of Fame and also JDRF Walk for a Cure. Ms. Finch is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Meteorological Society. She currently lives in Westchester County.
Dana Tyler anchors CBS 2 News at 6 p.m. She joined WCBS-TV in 1990 as weekend co-anchor and reporter.
An integral part of the news team, Tyler is proud to mark her 28th year at CBS 2. In August of 2014,Dana received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists. In 2012, she received a New York Emmy Award for Community Service, for co-hosting the “The Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run”. In addition to numerous New York Emmy Award nominations over the years, she was nominated in 2012 for her report “Amy’s Story” in the Health Special: “Race for the Cure”. In 2010, she received two Emmy Awards for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “Flight 1549 Lands in the Hudson River” and for her reporting of “Heather and Stacy’s Story” in “Race for the Cure”. In 2003, Tyler received Emmy Awards for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “New York City Blackout” and for anchoring the Outstanding Single Newscast: “CBS 2 News at 11: City Hall Shooting.” In 1996, she received an Emmy for anchoring the Outstanding Single Newscast: “New York City Subway Firebombing”.
In 2011, Tyler was honored by the Friars Club in its annual “Salute to News Veterans.” In 2007, she was honored in the McDonald’s annual salute to “Black Broadcast Legends” and in 2006 she received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for her report on Broadway’s “The Color Purple”.
In addition to general assignment reporting and feature stories, Tyler has hosted the “Tunnel to Towers Run” and participated in CBS 2 sponsored events including the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” which raises awareness about breast cancer.
Tyler served for more than a decade on the Board of Trustees of Learning Leaders, the 7,000-member volunteer organization which was dedicated to the education of New York City public school students. In 2008, she received an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from St. John’s University at Staten Island. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio. In 2001, she received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Boston University’s School of Management from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and broadcast journalism.
Tyler began her broadcasting career as an intern at WCOL Radio and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. She was a general assignment reporter and anchor for WBNS and received an Ohio Valley Emmy Award in 1988 as Outstanding Anchor for her work on the popular “Heart of Ohio” broadcasts.
In 1990, she and the late Reggie Harris became the first African-American anchor team in New York on WCBS-TV. She is honored to celebrate her great-grandfather’s historic brave and historic. Ralph Waldo Tyler was a newspaper reporter and editor in Columbus and the first accredited African-American war correspondent to report on African-American soldiers stationed overseas during World War I
Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh is the Director of Breast Surgery at the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to joining the Maimonides team, Dr. Manasseh was the Co-Director of the Women’s Breast Center and the Chief of Breast Surgery at Stamford Hospital. Under her leadership, the Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital became the first center to be accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Dr. Manasseh completed her general surgery residency at NY Presbyterian and her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Manasseh is a strong advocate of empowering women by educating them about breast health and disease, in the hopes that this education will lead to earlier detection of breast disease and a better chance of being cured. She has published several chapters on breast disease and has co-authored a textbook relating to breast disease and evaluation. She is also a member of several societies which promote breast health, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the American Society of Breast Disease, and remains a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers, whose goal is to evaluate breast centers across the country to ensure they are providing quality care to women in their communities.
Dr. Manasseh has participated in many conferences and speaking engagements to promote breast health and help women make the right health decisions. She has been the recipient of several awards, most notably the Magida Award from the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Rosenthal Family Foundation, given to a physician who has shown a notable capacity for patient treatment and care and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships. She was also recognized by the American Cancer Society and was awarded the Star of Hope Award, as well as the American Red Cross Hero Award in Medicine. Dr. Manasseh is included in the Castle-Connolly Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Region.
Aundrea Cline-Thomas is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist. She joined CBS2 News as a general assignment reporter in October 2018.
Before moving to New York, Aundrea spent three years reporting at NBC Philadelphia. She covered national stories including the Democratic National Convention, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380’s emergency landing and the Starbucks arrests. She also wrote profile pieces about women in business for the Know Your Value women’s empowerment digital platform.
In 2017 she won a MidAtlantic Regional Emmy award for her contribution to team coverage of the fatal Delaware prison standoff. That same year she was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Aundrea got her first on air reporting job at WMGT-TV in Georgia. She then moved to what’s now known as Spectrum News in Charlotte, N.C. She won her first regional Emmy award during her time at WTVF-TV, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.
Aundrea received her Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Black Studies from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Raised in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C., Aundrea is the youngest of three children. Both of her parents are from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Anomaly, unwavering and unicorn are just a few of the words used to describe advocate and cancer survivor Karen Peterson. Raised and educated in the Bronx, Karen has an unusual steadfast craving for new, innovative and groundbreaking research. Like a number of neighbors in her community of Harlem, Karen has a long history of cancer throughout her family. Her toddler brother, uncle and maternal grandmother all succumbed to the deadly disease, at a very young age.
A survivor of childhood cancer (Wilms Tumor), Karen was diagnosed with Stage I Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2015. After completing treatment which included chemotherapy, voluntary double mastectomy, and breast reconstruction, Karen was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer in April 2017.
Karen’s interest in cancer research was unrelenting. Her quest for information led her to seek out other alternatives from standard of care for treating metastatic breast cancer. Karen was determined to stay alive and her unorthodox way of obtaining information (which included showing up without an appointment to discuss clinical trials with the co-director and chair of a large teaching institution in NYC) led her to what is known as personalized oncology. After walking away from her original medical team, Karen embraced change and new approaches to treat the cancer which had spread to her bones and lungs. Eventually Karen’s hard work paid off as she found and entered a clinical trial in July of 2017 (just twelve weeks after her metastatic diagnosis.) Eight weeks after entering the trial, scans revealed that Karen’s tumors had decreased by 72%.
Incredibly Karen was one of the lucky small percentage of breast cancer patients who respond to new class of drugs called immunotherapy. As of 2019 all of Karen’s tumors have disappeared and she has been the longest continuous breast cancer patient on the clinical trial, at her treating facility.
Karen’s amazing experience has paved the way for her to become an cancer advocate, whose focus is on bridging the gap and increasing clinical trial awareness among African Americans in her community and around the country. Karen consults, presents and works with large pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations and small grass roots community-based leaders to address the obstacles that minorities face in regard to accessing quality health care. Karen’s journey has been chronicled online and in print. In addition to her advocacy work Karen has been a featured model with fashion designers AnaOno.com and Care+Wear, who specialize in making comfortable and functional apparel for patients who are going thru and have completed cancer treatment.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
– Maya Angelou
Khadijah Carter works as an information specialist for the New York City Police Department. A woman of deep faith, she sings in her church choir, and she’s the mother of a beautiful daughter, Deja. She’s also living with metastatic breast cancer.
Khadijah was first diagnosed at aged 28 and with metastatic cancer 10 years later. Khadijah was the mother of five-year-old when she first noticed a lump in her breast. Given her age and healthy lifestyle, her physician assumed it was “nothing,” but sent Khadijah for a sonogram. This was followed by a biopsy and diagnosis of advanced stage breast cancer.
Totally devastated by the words you have breast cancer; she took the bus home, fighting to maintain her composure. Yet, when she arrived home, she heard a voice telling her — You are not going to die. After she put her daughter to bed that night, she left the room determined to beat the disease.
On the weekend of her 29th birthday, Khadijah was declared cancer-free. For 10 years, she lived this new normal enjoying her daughter and working as a program manager at the Young Survival Coalition. But, then, she developed a persistent cough. A chest x-ray showed that she had a blood clot and multiple tumors in her lungs. Her cancer had metastasized.
The doctor started to explain what that meant, but she already knew — her cancer was incurable. When she told her now 16-year-old about the new diagnosis, her daughter replied, Mom, you beat it before; you’ll do it again.
And, once again, Khadijah turned to her faith as she began a regimen of oral chemotherapy, which relieved her cough, followed by radiation, which cleared her airway.
Through all of this, Khadijah found time to get a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a remarkable woman whose spirit, creativity and deep faith have kept her strong. Khadijah was the Eliza Adams Thriver of the Year at the 2016 New York City Race for the Cure. Her daughter Deja, just graduated from SUNY Buffalo.
Dr. Lisa Newman is a surgical oncologist and with a clinical and research practice dedicated to breast cancer management. In August 2018 she was appointed Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. In addition, at the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, Dr. Newman leads the multidisciplinary breast oncology programs which provides the finest, most compassionate care to women and men affected by breast cancer.
In this role, Dr. Newman leads a team of breast surgeons that uses state-of-the-art screening and imaging technologies, innovative surgical and reconstruction techniques, and radiation therapies to provide patients with comprehensive breast cancer care. As Chief of the Breast Surgical Oncology Program, she also extends this multidisciplinary approach — to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.
Previously, she worked at the Henry Ford Health System, where she served as director of the breast program covering multiple hospitals throughout Michigan since 2015. She is also the Founding Medical Director for the International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes, which became headquartered at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. Newman’s recruitment. Dr. Newman was Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she also served as Program Director for the Breast Fellowship from 2002 to 2015. Dr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, and she also obtained her undergraduate education at Harvard University with a major in chemistry. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Newman was recruited to remain at Downstate following completion of her postgraduate training, and served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with this program for several years. She pursued fellowship training in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1997-99, followed by joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor; she continues to hold an Adjunct Professorship with M.D. Anderson. After leaving the University of Michigan she was appointed Adjunct Professor in the UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also served previously as Associate Director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute for two years.
Dr. Newman’s primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients; broadened applications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her extensive research related to disparities in breast cancer risk and outcome has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and was featured in CNN’s documentary “Black in America 2”. She has also been the featured breast cancer medical expert for NBC’s “Today Show” twice (2014 and 2017) as well on CBS Nightly News (2015). She maintains a very active community service record, and currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc., a national African American breast cancer survivors support organization.
She oversees an international breast cancer research and training program involving a network of physicians and facilities in Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Haiti, Barbados, and Canada. This program has focused in the study of triple negative breast cancer in women with African ancestry. Her work has been acknowledged via several awards, such as “Top Blacks in Health Care 2018”; Phenomenal African American Women of 2018”; “Esteemed Women of Michigan 2018”; Crain’s “Health Care Hero” in 2017; 2012 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Hero Award; and the 2010 National Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award. She was named “Michiganders of the Year” in 2011; and an “Oprah’s Angels” for breast cancer work by Oprah magazine in 2012. She has received the University of Michigan 2012 Community Service Award; the 2013 Sarah Goddard Power Award for Advancement of Women in Academic Medicine; and the 2015 Harold Johnson Diversity Award. She has been named one of Detroit’s “Top Docs” and “Top Doctors of America” for several years. Dr. Newman has also been awarded the coveted title of Komen Scholar, and was appointed to the Komen Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Newman has been appointed to multiple national and regional leadership positions, including the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (including chaired for its work-group on breast health messages for the general population); the NIH’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee; the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities; chairperson for the Breast Committee of the Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC). She has held leadership positions in the most prominent of oncologic academic and advocacy organizations: Society of Surgical Oncology (Executive Council; Disparities Committee chairperson); American Society of Clinical Oncology (Health Disparities Advisory Group chair; Health Services Committee chair); American Cancer Society (National Assembly; Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Division); American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (Executive Council; Special Populations Committee chair). Dr. Newman’s editorial board service includes: Annals of Surgical Oncology (Breast Section Editor); Cancer (Disparities Section Editor); Journal of Clinical Oncology (Breast Section editorial board member) and she is currently of the editorial board for JAMA Surgery.
Shavon Norris is an Artist. Educator. Facilitator. She uses movement along with text and sound and imagery to reveal and highlight the stories living in our bodies. Her work explores our relationship to our identities, our experiences, and to others. An examination and celebration of what we feel, think, and believe. As an artist her work has been presented at venues including the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, PIFA, Temple University, the National Constitutional Center, Art Sanctuary, and at Joyce Soho. As a performer Shavon has worked with Silvana Cardell, Leah Stein, Merian Soto, Jumatatu Poe and Pig Iron Theatre Company. As an educator Shavon has taught over 5,000 students. She has worked locally and nationally with adults and children trained and untrained in performance. As a facilitator, Shavon focuses on creating a container that encourages individuals and the collective to examine their learning and experience. For Shavon, all of the work is about finding ways to light us up, lift us up and shift what needs transforming. She loves all of what she does.