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We Fight Like a Girl

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm


A few years ago six women decided to do their small part in helping to make some sort of a difference in this world. When they all stopped to think where to put their efforts, cancer (unfortunately) seemed to be the common thread that had affected each of them in a very personal way. With that said, their “We Fight Like A Girl” breast cancer fundraiser was born! “As expressed by Eleanor Roosevelt, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” And together, each year, WE will always FIGHT our hardest and never, ever give up HOPE”, voiced Mary Santiago.
Although these women are just friends, they have become so close, they’re practically sisters. They now refer to each other as “sissy”. Breast cancer, well any cancer for that matter, has affected each member of the group. Unfortunately, it has really “hit home” with one member in particular. She dealt with lumps, mammograms, breast MRI’s, and breast ultrasounds since she was 23 years old! Her mother successfully battled breast cancer twice and she made an ultimate, selfless decision to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery when she was 27 years old (just like Angelina Jolie). Cristina Maggi and Carla Curran are two actual sisters in this sisterhood friendship. Carla noted, “In supporting We Fight Like A Girl it’s opening up the minds of our youth to be proactive and know you’re not alone in the battle.” Her sister Cristina added by saying, “That strength, determination and courage inside Carla brings us together each year to give back to the young women who feel defeated by cancer. We continue to fight alongside Carla until the bond we have destroys it, NOT US!”
We Fight Like A Girl is excited to say that October marks their 8th year hosting this breast cancer fundraiser. “We get together every October to bring awareness to breast cancer. We want to enlighten those that have enlightened us. Even though we lost the ones we love most, we know they are watching us and are so proud of this yearly tradition,” Samantha Neiderman said. Breast cancer has hit the North Rockland community hard. The fundraiser brings out a wonderful crowd of local supporters. Michelle Nishanian added, “We are overwhelmed with the level of support this community has given us, and especially appreciate our gracious location sponsor – Hudson’s Mill Tavern in Garnerville, NY. Last year they raised over $8,000. This year they have set the bar high, hoping to raise $10,000!
All of the proceeds from this annual fundraiser go to the Young Survival Coalition, which is an organization focused on young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. The ladies chose this particular organization because of the focus on young women. Patricia Downs said, “It’s the people that you surround yourself with that make this life worth living for. I’m proud and blessed to say I’m surrounded by the best and strongest. My best friend Carla asked all of us if we’d join her in doing our part to help combat cancer. That was the day our We Fight Like A Girl fundraiser was started. It’s been an honor to stand beside five of the strongest women I know and bring this annual initiative to life.”
Please join these amazing women on Friday October 21, 2022, starting at 5:00 pm for an evening filled with dancing, laughter, story-telling, celebrating, remembering and honoring. You might even walk away with a fun prize or two!


October 21
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm


young survival coalition


hudson’s mill
55 West Railroad Avenue
Garnerville, NY 10923 United States
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