Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Town Clerk Gerry Compitello and Receiver of Taxes Jennifer Montiglio recently gathered with Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, representatives from Northwell Health and other community health activists for the kickoff to the third annual Pink by the Bay Northwell Health campaign to bring breast cancer awareness into our Great South Bay communities.
October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international campaign to shine light on the impact of breast cancer and show support for those who have been affected by the disease. “On Long Island alone, over 2,600 women are affected by breast cancer every year, 17 percent of them between the towns of Babylon and Islip,” according to Dr. Deb Salas-Lopez, senior vice president of community and population health at Northwell.
“The point of this whole campaign is to raise awareness of breast health in men and women during not just the month of October, but year round,” said Town Clerk Gerry Compitello. “We hope to see that the color pink will serve as a reminder to each and every one of you just to get checked.”
This October, over 200 businesses within Babylon and Islip towns will participate in Pink by the Bay by shining pink lights and hanging pink ribbons. At Babylon Town Hall, the cupola will be illuminated pink throughout the month in commemoration of breast cancer awareness.
Photo (Left to Right): Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Babylon Town Clerk Gerry Compitello, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Babylon Receiver of Taxes Jennifer Montiglio and Dr. Deb Salas-Lopez, SVP of community and population health at Northwell Health with staff members from the Town Clerk and Tax Receiver Offices and representatives from Northwell Health.