In October, Paint Port Pink, Mather Hospital’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign, will join with its annual fundraising event Families Walk for Hope, which supports the Fortunato Breast Health Center. The Walk, a five-mile breast cancer fundraiser held the first Saturday in May, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now taking place virtually through the end of October. The Walk this year will benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center and Mather’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. As a thank you and a reminder to wear a mask, anyone donating $10 or more to the Walk will receive a handmade mask.

Paint Port Pink, sponsored by New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, kicks off October 1 with the lighting of pink lights throughout the Village of Port Jefferson and in Port Jefferson Station. New this year is a Virtual Paint Night, hosted by our 2 South oncology and medical/surgical unit, and Mask-querade, a mask decorating contest.

As part of Mather’s breast cancer awareness outreach, the hospital’s HealthyU webinar series will present four webinars on breast cancer each Tuesday in October from 12-1pm. The series will look at diagnosis, treatment, surgery and breast reconstruction. Register for these webinars at

Get more information on Paint Port Pink at or call (631) 476-2723. Register for the Families Walk for Hope at