Awards and Recognition

We are proud recipients of the 2018 Ethie Award!

The ETHIE Award is an annual program that recognizes the Rochester region’s organizations that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business practices, and in response to crises or challenges. Learn more about this premier award.

Breast Cancer Coalition Award Recipients

The Breast Cancer Coalition presents two awards at our annual ARTrageous Affair Breast Cancer Gala: the Advocate’s Spirit Award and “Heart & Hands” Award.

Advocate's Spirit Award

The Advocate’s Spirit Award is named in honor of Harriet Susskind-Rosenblum, a Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Founder, a poet, and a fearless advocate who fought a glorious battle against breast cancer.

Harriet never wavered in her commitment to eradicate breast cancer. Her hope was that her daughters would not have to live with the fear and uncertainty caused by the disease that she fought against so fiercely. Her advocate’s spirit lives on in all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. Harriet died of the disease in October 2002.

Advocate’s Spirit Award Recipients

2019 – Senator Pamela Helming

2018 – Beverly Canin
2017 – Candice A. Lucas, EdD, MBA
2016 – Michael F. Nozzolio, NYS Senator
2015 – Harry B. Bronson, NYS Assemblman
2014 – Joseph E. Robach, NYS Senator
2013 – Lila Bluestone
2012 – Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PHD
2011 – The Andrew & Helen Pluta Family
2010 – Phyllis Connelly, Chair Emeritus

2009 – Susanne Callan-Harris, PT, MS, LLC
2008 – Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive
2007 – Christopher Caldwell, MD
2006 – James S. Alesi, NYS Senator
2005 – Jennifer Griggs, MD
2004 – Wende Logan Young, MD

Heart and Hands

The Heart & Hands Award is named in honor of Laurie Pask, an early member of our “Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer” Group. Those who knew Laurie knew her as a kind and caring wife, sister, daughter, niece and friend.

The Heart and Hands award is awarded to a care provider whose work best exemplifies the balance of kindness, compassion, respect and science that Laurie demonstrated while providing care to her own patients. Our intent is that this annual award will allow Laurie’s spirit of passion, hope and joy to live on in all of us. She is often remembered for saying “Remember we’re LIVING with advanced breast cancer, not dying of it” followed by a gentle smile. We lost Laurie in November of 2008. We will always remember her as an adventurer with a huge and happy heart.

Heart & Hands Award Recipients

2019 – Charlene Connors, MD

2018 – Nancy Gadziala, MD
2017 – Alissa J. Huston, MD
2016 – Judy Zeeman-Golden, LCSW
2015 – Marcia Krebs, MD
2014 – Kitty Forbush, RN
2013 – Marilyn N. Ling, MD
2012 – Alexander J. Solky, MD
2011 – Sandra Sabatka, LMSW
2010 – Victoria U. Nugent, RN, NP