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GOWN is perfect fit for uninsured in Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming and Niagara counties

By Joanne Beck
Oct 15, 2021, 5:38pm

Cancer prevention and early detection are at the top of Lisa Franclemont’s work agenda each day, especially as COVID-19 has kept many people away from the doctor’s office.

“A lot of people avoided their screenings, and there were more late-stage diagnoses,” Franclemont said Thursday. “People still need to have their screenings.”

As Cancer Services Program coordinator for Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, and Niagara counties (GOWN), Franclemont wants to spread the word that there is a financial help for those without health insurance to obtain those necessary screenings. Genesee County Legislature gave the health educator a proclamation Wednesday for her work in this field. Her message is especially fitting, given that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“There’s no reason why anyone doesn’t have a mammogram now,” she said. 

Franclemont has been a longtime staple at United Memorial Medical Center’s Healthy Living program in Batavia. When she began 15 years ago, this program was only available in Genesee County, she said. 

“Now it’s in every county in New York State,” she said. 

What & Who is Covered ...

The grant-funded GOWN program provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women 40 and older and colorectal cancer screenings for men and women 50+. According to Cancer Services Program literature, breast cancer is most often discovered in women 50 and older and colon cancer also targets men and women in that same age bracket. Cervical cancer has been more often found in women that had never been screened before. 

Most health insurance companies cover these screenings at no cost to patients, but the uninsured aren’t so fortunate. That’s where Franclemont comes in: to educate and encourage people without medical insurance to call her at 585-344-5494 to ask questions, determine if they are eligible, and set up an appointment. For anyone out of the area, or that may have concerns outside of regular work hours, there is also a toll-free number available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-442-2262. Hablamos Español. There are translation services for other languages.

Another layer of protection for those uninsured is the Medicaid Treatment Act, Franclemont said. That will not only pay for cancer screenings, but also for the required diagnostics. So, for example, if a woman has a mammogram and receives a cancer diagnosis, she will be able to also obtain an ultrasound and a biopsy, as warranted, and covered by the Medicaid act would also pay for those services. 

Breast Cancer: Symptoms & Stats ...

One in every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer, program literature states. A mammogram has been the best way to find it, and symptoms may include a lump or pain in the breast, or changes in shape; irritation of the breast skin or nipples, such as itchiness, redness or flaking; and/or dimples in the breast skin, it states. Again, for emphasis: this program offers free breast cancer screening for eligible uninsured New York residents in every county and borough. 

Breast cancer screenings are recommended every two years for women aged 50 to 74, unless other factors prompt an earlier screening, such as having a family history of breast cancer, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, late menopause of age 55 or older, and never having given birth or doing so at age 30 or older.
Colon cancer screenings for men and women are recommended to begin at age 50. Doctors are the largest source of referrals for Franclemont’s program, she said, and it’s, therefore, crucial to maintaining contact with one’s primary care physician or other health care provider.

Don't Want to Go Out? Stay Home ...

Another option for colon cancer screening is the colon kit, she said, which is an at-home test that has been shown to have an 80 percent efficacy rate. If something shows up in the kit, uninsured people would then be able to get a free colonoscopy, she said. 

The biggest point is to just get screened. Medical facilities are following protocols and “using precautions” by ensuring staff is vaccinated and masked, which makes them safe places to visit, she said. 

“It’s important that people still get screenings during the pandemic,” Franclemont said. “If people have any problems, they should call their doctors. Don’t ignore changes.”

The Cancer Services Program provides breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening at no cost to men and women who qualify. So, as related flyers state: Get screened, no excuses! For more information, call 585-344-5494.

If you’re in need of health insurance and live in New York State, you can check out the New York State of Health at or call 1-855-355-5777.

Genesee Sno Packers host seventh annual Bikini Rally to fight breast cancer

By Press Release
Feb 23, 2021, 2:54pm

Press release:

The Genesee Sno Packers will host their seventh annual Bikini Rally to combine the passion for snowmobiling and the ability to help men and women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Participants will brave the winter weather to compete for hottest ride crowd favorite, most original and most pledges.

In addition to raising money for men and women fighting breast cancer, money raised will also benefit local snowmobilers.

“We are excited to bring some summer spirit to winter as we host our seventh annual Bikini Rally, bringing together our snowmobiling community to help those diagnosed with breast cancer,” said James Elmore, New York State Snowmobile Association past president and Genesee Sno Packers Board of Directors member.

“This fun-filled day has a very serious purpose, and we hope to provide a valuable benefit to the The Pink Fund.”

Admission is $5 per person. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and gates will open at noon.

Genesee Sno Packers Snowmobile Club Inc. -- member club of the New York State Snowmobile Association

  • Seventh Annual Bikini Rally
  • Saturday Feb. 27
  • 102 S. Pearl St., Oakfield, NY 14125

About the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA)

It's a nonprofit corporation, is the largest snowmobile association in the country working on behalf of the registered NY snowmobile owners, who contribute more than $860 million to the New York economy, and 235 snowmobile clubs to improve trails, facilities and services for participants, and defend snowmobilers against discriminatory legislation.

Save the 'Headlights' motorcycle fun run is Saturday at Stan's -- wear something pink

By Billie Owens
Oct 1, 2020, 2:18pm

This Saturday, Oct. 3, there will be a fun motorcycle ride for a good local cause -- raising money for Genesee Cancer Assistance and supporting breast cancer victims.

Cheekily called "Save the Headlights," it will be hosted at Stan's Harley Davidson in Batavia and the run is hosted by Genesee County NY ABATE.*

Registration is from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and kickstands go up at noon. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger.

There will be 50/50 raffles, basket raffles, door prizes and special item raffles, plus food trucks and more.

Don't forget to wear pink to show your support!

Stan's is located at 4425 W. Saile Drive, Batavia.

For more information visit their Facebook page, or email:   [email protected]

*ABATE stands for "American Bikers Aimed Toward Education." The nonprofit organization with chapters nationwide is dedicated to the freedom of the road -- preserving motorcyclists' rights, promoting safe operating practices, and raising motorists' awareness of motorcycles they share the roadway with.

Lunchtime discussion group for cancer survivors starts in Batavia this Thursday

By Billie Owens
Jan 6, 2020, 10:17am

Press release:

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester will be offering a free Brown Bag Discussion group in Batavia for breast and gynecologic cancer survivors.

This is a non-traditional support group hosted by the Breast Cancer Coalition's Regional Services director, and breast cancer survivor Miriam Steinberg.

The group will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 9.

Advance registration with the Coalition is NOT required.

This meeting is for breast cancer and gynecologic cancer survivors, from those who are newly diagnosed, to those who have many years of survivorship.

Breast and GYN cancer survivors are invited to join this supportive group to converse over lunch and dessert. Discussion topics vary.

To learn more about this program,please call the Coalition’s Miriam Steinberg at 585-473-8177, or email [email protected] for more information.

Put on your best face for a great cause, enjoy time with gal pals at Le Beau Salon Friday

By Billie Owens
Oct 19, 2017, 5:00pm

There will be a breast cancer awareness fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at Le Beau Salon inside the City Centre Mall, 106 Main St., Batavia.

It is being held by salon owner Erika Siverling and her friend Jill Meeder, of Pearl Wellness Center.

Attendees can get their makeup done professionally for a $25 donation. There will be lots of raffle baskets to try for and a 50/50 raffle.

Appetizers, beverages and snacks will be served.

Cost to attend if you choose not to have your makeup done is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to the national nonprofit Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

The San Fransisco-based organization has teamed up with the makeup company used at Le Beau Salon -- Beauty Counter -- and money from the purchase of those cosmetics used also goes to that nonprofit.

Le Beau's proceeds will be donated in the name of their friend, local breast cancer survivor Stacey Brion Cory.

The salon owner says the community ourpouring of support for the event has been amazing.

"We even had tablecloths and napkins donated by Batavia Restaurant Supply, everyone has just been so supportive, it's been great," Siverling said.

Hawley reminds everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Billie Owens
Sep 29, 2016, 3:42pm

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is reminding residents that Saturday, Oct. 1, begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every October, pink streaks of hair, shirts and even cleats on sports stars help raise awareness the devastating disease. 

Cancer is a scary word. In New York, more than 15,000 women and 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Hawley is encouraging his residents, women and men alike, to visit their doctors to get screened for this disease, as early detection is crucial to survival.

“I encourage everyone to talk with their doctors and schedule exams. Our community is so fortunate to have many organizations dedicated to fighting breast cancer, including the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR). Preventive measures and early detection can be life-saving decisions,” Hawley said. “The health and well-being of our daughters, sisters, wives and loved ones is important. I encourage everyone to learn more and get involved in the fight against breast cancer.”

BCCR is devoted to sharing information and supporting those touched by a breast cancer diagnosis. BCCR efforts include hosting fundraisers to raise money for research, as well offering educational seminars and support programs. Its Peer Advocates Lending Support (PALS) program helps connect breast cancer survivors with those new to the disease.

BCCR covers and provides services for a nine county region and is easily accessible via a variety of methods. Visit, call 585-473-8177 or email [email protected] to learn more about the programs and services available from the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

Girls' volleyball Dig Pink Game is Oct. 6 at O-A Elementary School gym

By Billie Owens
Sep 28, 2016, 1:03pm

Mark your calendars for the Dig Pink Game on Oct. 6 when Oakfield-Alabama and Elba high school volleyball players compete again Wheatland-Chili to benefit The Side-Out Foundation.

The JV matchup starts at 5 p.m. and the varsity game begins at 6:30. They will take place inside the Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 7001 Lewiston Road in Oakfield.

There will be 50/50 raffles, refreshments, raffles items and a serving contest.

This is the sixth year of the Dig Pink Game and to date more than $7,000 has been raised locally for the nonprofit foundation, whose mission is to enhance breast cancer research and awareness.

Senator Ranzerhofer to host forum for breast cancer survivors on Oct. 30 at the YWCA

By Billie Owens
Oct 22, 2015, 12:49pm

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a round table discussion for breast cancer survivors at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30th, at the YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St. in Batavia.

“The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and I want to hear your story,” Ranzenhofer said. “Listening to the experiences of survivors is one way to support families here in our community who have been impacted by breast cancer. That is why it is so important for women to share their stories with us at the upcoming community round table.”

The two-hour program will be facilitated by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR).

“No one needs go through breast cancer alone," said BCCR Executive Director Holly Anderson. "If you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is here to help. The Coalition offers education and support programs, as well as advocacy for those uninsured or underinsured.

"The Coalition is a full-scope, grassroots breast cancer organization serving survivors and families throughout the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. We can help you find resources in your own community.”

The purpose of the discussion is to learn more about the experiences of survivors during the diagnosis, including:
•    What happened when you were diagnosed with breast cancer?
•    What resources were you given?
•    Where did you turn for support?
•    What resources did you find in your community?
•    What do you wish you would have had access to at any point?

Family members impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis are welcome to attend. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, residents can contact the Coalition at (585) 473-8177.

Senator Ranzenhofer secured a $200,000 State grant in the 2015-16 Budget, administered by the State Department of Health, to increase outreach initiatives to individuals impacted by breast cancer and to provide expanded cancer services in our region. Some of the counties in Western New York have the highest rates of breast cancer in the State.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. In New York State alone, 14,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported each year.

About the BCCR
The Coalition’s mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. Currently, the Coalition serves individuals in 10 counties, including: Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. For more information, visit

Wilmot Cancer Institute to host free talk on breast cancer and an open house

By Billie Owens
Sep 22, 2015, 2:11pm

In October, Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia will host a free Community Health Talk and an Open House at its newly renovated building. The events, which are open to the public, are an opportunity to learn more about how to reduce your risk for cancer and about the services that are available in Batavia for those who need cancer care.

Oct. 5 — “Breast Cancer: How to Reduce Your Risk”

This free presentation will feature Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia’s radiation oncologist Kevin J. Mudd, M.D., and medical oncologist Nayana R. Kamath, M.D., of Interlakes Oncology and Hematology. It will focus on lifestyle changes that can help women reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, the most common non-skin cancer among women. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The presentation will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Terry Hills Banquet Facility, 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this free presentation, please call (585) 276-5788.

Oct. 29 — Open House at Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia

Meet the staff and tour the newly renovated Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia building at 262 Bank St. With Wilmot’s Kevin J. Mudd, M.D., and Nayana Kamath, M.D., of Interlakes Oncology and Hematology, the full-service cancer center provides both radiation oncology and medical oncology services, as well as hematology care. The building features a CT simulator and linear accelerator for radiation therapy and an infusion center where patients can receive chemotherapy and other intravenous treatments. The team at Wilmot Cancer Institute Batavia will be on hand to answer questions and show the state-of-the-art technology the clinic offers.

The Open House is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. To learn more, call (585) 276-5788.

GCC's 'Phi Theta Kappa' hosts second annual 'Walk for a Cure'

By Daniel Crofts
Oct 11, 2012, 7:45am

Student members of Phi Theta Kappa at Genesee Community College -- at 1 College Road in Batavia -- will host their second annual "Walk for a Cure" to assist victims of breast cancer on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. until an unspecified time. The walk itself will last 30-45 minutes, followed by a post-walk event in the student forum beginning around 11 a.m.

The walk will start at GCC's nature trail, which is on the west side of the campus, and then wind through the nearby woods and across the field, ending at the student forum.

Guest speakers will include two people from "Komen for the Cure" and a GCC student who is a breast cancer survivor. Food, drinks, a Chinese Auction and a raffle will be included.

This event is open to the public. The cost is $3 for the walk, or $7 for the walk plus a t-shirt. Tickets and t-shirts will be for sale the morning of the event, but they can be purchased along with Chinese Auction tickets on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, e-mail Michelle Williams at [email protected].

Photo: Sporting breast cancer awareness T-shirts

By Howard B. Owens
Oct 8, 2012, 1:06pm

The staff of Genesee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing City of Batavia Fire Department breast cancer awareness T-shirts.

OA varsity volleyball team holds game to benefit breast cancer research

By Billie Owens
Oct 1, 2012, 3:24pm

The Oakfield-Alabama Hornets Volleyball Team will be hosting a Dig Pink Volleyball game at 5:30 p.m.on Friday, Oct. 5. The varsity match starts at 6.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, serving contest, and refreshments. Admission to the game will be donation only. All proceeds will go to the Side Out Foundation to support breast cancer research.

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Well respected mother passes after 12 year cancer battle

By Timothy Walton
May 1, 2012, 4:30pm

Many people in the Batavia area are mourning after a well-known mother has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Forty-four-year-old Deborah J. Dancy, died Monday at her residence on Shepard Road.

Deb, who is the mother of Lindsey Penders and Nicole Dancy of Batavia, was well known in the Batavia area and school district and liked by both students, teachers, parents and athletes.

Deb was very involved with Batavia cheerleading events and became a friend to many in the area throughout her time. 

Many high school and college students, parents and teachers expressed their love for Deb on Facebook late Monday night and all day today.

One posted "You have touched so many hearts with your amazing strength" while another student added "So many hearts are broken today but God gained an amazing angel." Others posted the lone letters "YOLO" meaning "You Only Live Once" -- the phrase that Deb and many close to her used during her long courageous battle. 

Deb was born Nov. 19, 1967 in Warsaw, NY, the daughter of Richard and Donna McCaughey Ellis. Deborah was a graduate of York Central School. She was a secretary for Upstate Auto Transportation Corporation in Batavia.

Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 4-8 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Lucy's Church in Retsof with Walt Purtell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. 

Memorials may be made to the Highland Hospital Oncology Unit, 1000 South Ave. Box 67, Rochester, NY 14620.

Divine Chaos Tattoo in Rochester is planning a tattoo benefit for Deb and Pink Gorilla Tees & Graphics has printed T-shirts to benefit the family.

Chats with Calliope:Sliding Otter News

By Joseph Langen
Oct 23, 2010, 10:17am

Sliding Otter News


October 23, 2010


Volume 2, Issue 23


Breast Cancer’s Lessons for the Lives We Live


“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which you stop to look fear in the face.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Five years ago I knew breast cancer only in the abstract. It hadn’t touched my life yet. I wondered how it was that so many women and a few men became hosts to a disease which started eating them up and, left untreated, could kill them. Had it always been this way? If not what has changed? I knew some cancer survivors and heard tales of a woman who died of breast cancer before I had a chance to meet her.

Then my beloved companion joined her mother and two sisters in the family struggle with breast cancer. The discovery immediately took over our relationship, first inviting panic and then survival strategies. Would she recover as did her older sister? Would she succumb to the disease as did her mother and younger sister? What was her prognosis? What should she do? What could I do?

Now, five years later, she has reached an important milestone in her recovery and survival. Each step in her treatment raised questions, challenges and fears. Eventually we tamed our concerns and made the necessary decisions. She endured treatment while I provided what support I could. Our life was different but we survived the ordeal and drew closer together in the process.

Recently I sat in a room full of several hundred breast cancer survivors, some of a few months and some of many years. They came together to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research. They dined and participated in a Chinese auction of gift baskets and a silent auction of bras elaborately decorated by craftswomen whose creations had been exhibited in a celebration of breast cancer awareness. Mostly they celebrated their courage and solidarity.

I wondered again about why people contract breast or any other sort of cancer. Mutated genes have been discovered to make breast cancer more likely. Clusters of cancer sufferers suggest environmental factors. Most likely is a combination of hereditary and environmental contributors.

Fortunately, research advances now make cancer a much less likely death sentence. Genetic testing helps make us aware of our risks. Research promises new, less primitive, treatments more in the near future. We also know more about how lifestyle such as nutrition, fitness and avoiding carcinogens can help keep us from cancer’s grasp.

In these days when we are divided politically, culturally and religiously, it is reassuring to know that we can come together to fight cancer. Think of the pink gloves NFL players wear this month. Perhaps the fight against cancer can serve as a model for better cooperation between people in other areas as well. Thank you Zonta, Pink Hatters, United Memorial Medical Center Healthy Living, Genesee County Senior Center and GO ART!

Life Lab Lessons

  • Learn what you can about what causes cancer.

  • Do what you can to protect yourself and those you love.

  • Watch for signs of cancer and don’t ignore them.

  • Support those you know with cancer.

  • Tell and show them you love them.

TopLine Shirt Co. offers free breast cancer shirts to customer in effort to raise awareness

By Scott Grefrath
Oct 13, 2010, 11:03pm

Timothy Walton has been known for putting his products to good use. This month, Walton, who is the owner of TopLine Shirt Company, has put together a "double your order" promotion to help raise breast cancer awareness. "It's for a great cause so we are happy to do this." Walton said.

Every customer that places an order of any size gets a free breast cancer shirt with every shirt ordered. "If you order one custom shirt, you get one free breast cancer shirt" says Walton. "If you order 100 shirts you will get 100 free shirts".

The shirts have a breast cancer pink design that features the words "hope, love, cure" and a paint brush styled pink ribbon.

The promotion will be valid for anyone that orders a quanitity of 1-100 shirts next week, October 18- October 22.

Walton is no stranger to donating shirts to raise awareness for a good cause. His most recent large contribution occured for Independence Day when he donated 300 shirts to Hometown Hugs that provides them to soldiers in Afghanistan.


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