April 19, 2017

Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community? The 2017 Families Walk & Run for Hope benefits the Fortunato Breast Health Center and its mission to provide state-of-the-art breast healthcare to its patients. “Powered by Hope,” the event is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun day with friends, family and co-workers while supporting our families, friends and neighbors.

The annual fundraiser takes place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Walkers and runners follow a scenic five-mile course from Port Jefferson through Belle Terre. The run kicks off at 8 am, followed by the walk at 9 am. On-site registration opens at 7 am.

Register in advance at www.walkandrunforhope.org, or support a walker, runner or team. Call 631-476-2723 for more information.

The “Pink Your Pooch” pet costume contest will award prizes to the “Best Dressed Owner & Pet” and “Prettiest in Pink.” Photos will be posted on Mather’s Facebook page for a community vote. There will be a raffle for gift baskets and prizes as well as family fun activities including face painting, temporary tattoos, a giant Operation game and balloon sculpting.

Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their supporters participate in the Walk each year in support of someone diagnosed with breast cancer, in memory of someone who fought the disease, or in support of efforts to eradicate the disease. Sign up as an individual or form a team with family, friends, co-workers or schoolmates. Support a walker or team or make a general donation at www.walkandrunforhope.org.

The Fortunato Breast Health Center provides state-of-the-art breast healthcare in surroundings that offer a sense of comfort, privacy and the assurance that each patient’s individual needs will be met. Trained healthcare professionals offer mammograms and physical examinations, expert follow-up care, education for patients, families and the community, and breast cancer support groups.

The Center has earned three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is given only to centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous review of their performance.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather is the only Long Island hospital to earn four stars from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for patient experience, safety, and timely and effective care measures since July, 2016. Mather also was ranked 19th out of almost 250 hospitals in New York State in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings. Mather also was ranked 19th out of almost 250 hospitals in New York State in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings.