Cars Against Cancer auto show a success

September 30, 2014 Meaghan McGoldrick
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For cancer survivor Cheryl Schafer, the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center’s annual Cars Against Cancer Auto Show is more than just another Sunday afternoon, just like the South Brooklyn cancer center is more than just another doctor’s office.

“I just fell into their hands,” said Schafer, a patient that Doctor Patrick Borgen said the odds were against five years ago. “The Maimonides Breast Cancer Center was a godsend.”

Schafer was just one of many survivors – and their supporters – that gathered in the front lot of the center on Sunday, September 7 to participate in the second annual Cars Against Cancer Auto Show, hosted by the Gilbert Rivera Charitable Foundation to raise money for the center.

“It’s a labor of love,” said organizer Erminia Rivera, chair of the breast center board and wife of Gilbert Rivera, a heavily involved community activist with “the biggest heart you’d ever seen,” who died in 2007. She and her two sons continue to live out their husband and father’s legacy by hosting fundraisers like the auto show to give back to those who are already giving back to others.

“It’s really to raise awareness for the center and get people giving back,” said Rivera, donning pink for breast cancer awareness and standing amongst dozens of decked-out cars.

The breast cancer center – Brooklyn’s first and only – opened in October of 2011 and today treats close to 500 women each year. The center offers comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, as well as nutrition and genetics counseling, and a full array of psycho-social support for patients and their families – all in what feels like a living room.

“We want each and every patient to feel at home,” stressed Borgen. “Here at Maimonides, we offer only the best quality care.”

BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Meaghan McGoldrick
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Meaghan McGoldrick
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Meaghan McGoldrick
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Meaghan McGoldrick


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