Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 2021 YMCA of Central New York

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The YMCA of CNY is honored to share a variety of virtual and in-person activities and resources to educate our community and support those impacted by this disease. Here at the Y, we strive to support all of our members in body, mind, and spirit—at all stages of life and recovery. We hope these resources will be supportive to survivors, those who care for them, and all people looking to learn more about breast cancer.  

Please join us for:  

  • live virtual seminars with expert community partners from the American Cancer Society and Hematology Oncology Associates (HOA) of CNY; 

  • in-person programs from Laurie's Hope Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group; 

  • a special virtual restorative yoga class; 

  • and the RECLAIM: Cancer Exercise Video Series from our friends at the Eugene Family YMCA, watchable as On Demand Videos 24/7 on our Virtual Y Website.  

For more information about all of our programs this October, please read below. For more information about our ongoing Laurie’s Hope Breast Cancer Survivor Support group, please contact Sue Montminy at, or visit our Cancer Survivors Programs page.  

To learn more about the Virtual Y, please visit or contact 


Calendar Of Events:


Virtual Seminar with Barb Romeu and Kathy Miller, from the American Cancer Society 
5:00-6:00pm EDT 

Register for this Virtual Seminar Here 

Please join us for this informational, virtual seminar with Kathy Miller and Barb Romeu from the American Cancer Society. Kathy and Barb will highlight important current Breast Cancer programs and information, including: research, events, screenings, and programs—including the American Cancer Society’s “Reach to Recovery” program. Members, non-member, survivors, and the general public are welcome. Please register here to enjoy this event from the comfort of wherever you are. 

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. ACS invests in lifesaving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and work to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. For more information, visit 

Get involved locally by participating in these Syracuse-based ACS “Pink” events:  



Virtual Restorative Yoga with Sue Montminy 
10:00-11:00am EDT on the Virtual Y  

Members can log on through the Virtual Y
Members and Non-members can also log on to the live class via this Zoom link.  

Please join us for a special, gentle virtual restorative yoga class taught by Sue Montminy, Breast Cancer Coordinator at the YMCA of CNY. In this class, participants will hold gentle, relaxing poses for extended periods of time to support the body in relaxation. Participants may want to use supportive props such as a yoga mat, bolster or couch cushions, pillows, blankets, or other supportive props to aid in comfort and relaxation.  

Members will be able to access additional “Encore” video presentations of this class via the Virtual Y schedule of classes throughout the month of October, beginning October 13.  

In-Person Oncology Nutrition Seminar with Emily Kratz, Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY 
6:00-7:30pm EDT at Hal Welsh East Area Family Y 

Presented by Laurie’s Hope for Breast Cancer Survivors 
Register for this in-person Seminar by emailing Sue Montminy, 

Nutrition plays a critical role in overall health and well-being and should be tailored to unique health concerns. Our Breast Cancer support group, Laurie’s Hope, is hosting a talk on Tuesday, October 12th with Emily Kratz MPH RD CDN CSO all about nutrition. Kratz currently works at Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY and is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition.  

This event will take place at the Hal Welsh East Area Family Y in Fayetteville from 6:00 - 7:30pm and is open to all YMCA of Central New York members and nonmembers, but does require prior registration. Please contact Sue ( to register. 



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 
9am at Clinton Square, Syracuse 
An American Cancer Society (ACS) event presented by Upstate Cancer Center 

The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation – and they do more than just walk. They raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.  

Learn more about how to get involved at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Syracuse website



Relaxing and Healing Sound Journey 
6:30pm EDT at Northwest Family YMCA 
In-Person w. Sue Montminy, presented by Laurie’s Hope for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Register for this in-person Seminar by emailing Sue Montminy, 

Please join us for a relaxing and healing Sound Journey, led by Sue Montminy. The Sound Journey utilizes crystal singing bowls designed to produce beautiful music, invoking deep meditative and peaceful states. The rich harmonies produced by the singing bowls help balance the body's chakras, eliminate stress and help relax the body. 

This event will take place at Northwest Family Y at 6:30pm on Oct 20, and is open to all YMCA of Central New York members and nonmembers, but does require registration with Laurie’s Hope (Breast Cancer Survivor Group). Please contact Sue ( to register.  



Virtual Lunch and Learn: Samantha Burke, RN, MS, FNP-C, AOCNP and Alicia Rayder, RN, FNP-C, AOCNP from Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY 
Friday Oct 22, 12-1pm EDT 

Register for this virtual seminar here. 

Alicia Rayder, RN, FNP-C, AOCNP and Samantha Burke, RN, MS, FNP-C, AOCNP are Nurse Practitioners at Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY with Dr. Scalzo and Dr. Kirshner. They provide cutting edge breast cancer care and actively participate in breast cancer research.  

Please join us for this informative virtual Lunch & Learn seminar for an opportunity to hear more about how these providers connect with patients to provide care for their overall wellbeing of mind, body, and spirit.  Register here. 



THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. Please email if you would like to be updated about a future reschedule. 


Virtual Seminar with Dr. Jayne Charlamb, SUNY Upstate Medical University: "What everyone should know about breast cancer risk: What is your risk? And what can you do about it? 
Monday, Oct 25, 5-6pm EDT 

Dr. Jayne Charlamb is the Director of the Division of Breast Health and Breastfeeding Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where she is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics.  

Please join us for this virtual seminar on understanding breast cancer risk, and the actions you can take. This virtual seminar is free and open to all, but does require registration. 




Did you know?  
Thanks to our donors we're able to provide Cancer Wellness programs at no cost to cancer survivors.   

Laurie's Hope 
A program supported by the Saint Agatha Foundation, helps breast cancer survivors thrive by maintaining physical fitness and strength; improving their diets; and helping them make connections with other breast cancer survivors. With a strong emphasis on improved social support, interventions are individually designed to strengthen survivors’ support networks, both inside and outside of the YMCA. If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, reach out to Sue Montminy ( for more information on how to get started. 

Hope & Heal 
Just started!  We now offer a Breast Cancer Support Group (Hope & Heal). This group meets once a month at 2 locations.  We're a safe place where survivors can celebrate their victories, share their stories, journey, concerns, and discoveries, before, during and after treatment. We come together for a common goal: to help others! Meetings are held at Hal Welsh East Area YMCA (Fayetteville) and Northwest Family YMCA (Baldwinsville). Contact Sue Montminy ( for more information to join. 



RECLAIM: Cancer Exercise Video Series on The Virtual Y, produced by the Eugene Family YMCA 
Watch here now (Member Link) 

A message from our friends at the Eugene Family YMCA (nonmember link): 

Here at the Y, we know that staying active and reducing stress is sometimes easier said than done when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Whether you are on our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA waitlist, immunocompromised or struggling to balance work and family life, our new RECLAIM: Cancer Exercise Video Series is here for you to use from the comfort and safety of your own home, on your own schedule. These videos draw from our specially trained instructors' experience working with survivors over the last five years and include proven post-treatment exercise and self-care content. We would like to thank Texas 4000 and the Turell Group for giving us this opportunity to serve more people in our community in new and meaningful ways.  

The series includes: 

  • Warm-up and Cool-down  
  • Balance, Stretch and Range-of-Motion Workout 
  • 3 Guided Meditations with Nancy Hopps 
  • Cardio and Dance Workouts 
  • Two Full Body Strength Workouts (resistance tubes & weights) 
  • Two Lymphedema Exercise Videos (upper & lower body) 

Watch these videos anytime on the Virtual Y. To easily access these videos whenever you want through our Virtual Y, select the “RECLAIM: Cancer Exercise Video Series” from “Categories”. Favorite this category by selecting the heart icon next to each category or video.