HONOREES & SPONSORS

DR. DONNA-MARIE MANASSEH

Pink Hope Award

Dr. Donna-Marie Manasseh is the Director of Breast Surgery at the Maimonides Breast Center. Prior to joining the Maimonides team, she was Co-Director of the Women’s Breast Center and Chief of Breast Surgery at Stamford Hospital, which under her leadership became the first center to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Manasseh completed her general surgery residency at NY Presbyterian and her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Dr. Manasseh is a strong advocate of empowering women by educating them about breast health, in the hope that this education will lead to earlier detection of breast disease and a better chance of being cured. She has published extensively and co-authored a textbook on breast disease and evaluation. She is also a member of several societies which promote breast health, including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, National Consortium of Breast Centers, American Society of Breast Disease, and she remains a surveyor for the ACS National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, whose goal is to evaluate breast centers across the country to ensure they are providing quality care to women in their communities.

Dr. Manasseh has participated in many conferences and speaking engagements to promote breast health and help women make the right health decisions. She has been the recipient of several awards, most notably the Magida Award from the Fairfield County Medical Association and Rosenthal Family Foundation, given to a physician who has shown a notable capacity for patient treatment and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships. She was also recognized by the American Cancer Society and awarded the Star of Hope Award, as well as the American Red Cross Hero Award in Medicine. Dr. Manasseh is included in the Castle-Connolly Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Region. “Knowledge is the key to health,” says Dr. Manasseh, “The more you know, the healthier you are, both physically and spiritually.” The innumerable patients who adore her could not agree more, and we are very proud indeed to salute her at Pink Runway and present her with our Pink Hero Award.

PAUL WALSH

Walsh Family Charities
Pink Warrior Award

Paul started Walsh Benefits with his wife, Maryellen, in 1998 to fill a need he saw in the New Jersey marketplace for full service employee benefits advice for medium and small employers. Their company motto, “Large enough to help you, small enough to care,” spoke to the integrity and high level of personal service demonstrated by every member of its devoted employee team. Paul and Maryellen sold Walsh Benefits to Assured Partners, a national insurance brokerage firm, in 2015.

In 2001, the Walshes started Walsh Family Charities, which raises money for breast cancer research through its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Since day one, the funds they raised were designated in support of the work of one clinical superstar – Maimonides Chief of Surgery and the Director of our Breast Center, Dr. Patrick I. Borgen.

The Walshes first met Dr. Borgen in 1994 when Maryellen was diagnosed with breast cancer – a devastating blow to the young newlyweds, married only two years. The first physician they saw held out little help or hope. The couple went from provider to provider until finally directed to Dr. Borgen, who assured them that they could fight, they would fight, and they would win. After the first consultation with Dr. Borgen, Paul could literally see the tension leave Maryellen’s shoulders and the spark return to her eyes. It was not an easy road, but they never gave up. Maryellen and Paul went on to have two children, and when her cancer returned in 2004, Dr. Borgen again quarterbacked her care. Two years ago, when Paul was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer, Dr. Borgen referred him to a colleague doing prize-winning research in the field, effectively saving his life. Over the years, Paul has recommended countless friends, relatives and colleagues to Dr. Borgen and marvels at the fact that not one has had an outcome that was less than successful.

The Walshes have raised thousands of dollars in support of the Maimonides Breast Center. Their first event funded our acquisition of a BSGI machine (Breast Specific Gamma Imaging), allowing us to make this technology available in Brooklyn for the first time. The Walsh fundraisers are true family affairs, with family members and employees pitching in side-by-side to work, promote, raise funds, donate auction goods, and generally support the cause in every way. It is our profound privilege to recognize Paul and Maryellen’s philanthropy with our Pink Warrior Award, which Paul graciously accepts in honor of his wife, Walsh Family Charities, and his entire team.

DOLORES CATANIA

Pink Ambassador of Hope Award

Dolores Catania, star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a mother, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the living embodiment of a modern-day housewife. Her involvement with organizations such as St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Onyx & Breezy Foundation and multiple local women’s and children’s shelters helps her live out her motto, “Everyone has something to give.”

Dolores became acquainted with Maimonides Medical Center when she attended our past Pink Runway along with her Real Housewives co-star, Margaret Josephs, as guest emcees. Shortly thereafter she attended a holiday party at Maimonides for the children in our pediatric oncology program, and took a VIP tour of the Breast Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. So impressed was she with all that she saw and learned that she came back – not as a guest, but as a patient, to get her own routine mammogram done. She strongly encourages all women to do likewise, in spite of COVID-19, because mammograms save lives.

As a star, a spokesperson, and a social media influencer with thousands of followers, Dolores takes every opportunity to get the good word out about Maimonides, our healthcare heroes, and our award-winning Breast Center – a source of hope, strength and life for women in Brooklyn and beyond. We are delighted to recognize her efforts with our Pink Ambassador of Hope Award and celebrate her friendship at Pink Runway.

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