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About


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About


OUR MISSION: NO BREAST LEFT BEHIND.

The Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation's mission is to EMPOWER uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors to receive the best possible care for the best possible outcome without being concerned about the financial ramifications. We help fund services from screenings to holistic care to new methods of empowerment. The Foundation was previously called “The Cancer Vixen Fund” and continues to raise awareness under that name.

The Foundation was founded by Marisa Acocella Marchetto, a graphic novelist and cartoonist for The New Yorker.  A New Jersey native and New Yorker at heart, she has been married to restaurateur Silvano Marchetto since 2004.

Marisa has donated a portion of her Cancer Vixen royalties to the Foundation. Since 2006, her efforts have raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research and uninsured women. Funds are raised through corporate partnerships and individual donations. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation is at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center-Mount Sinai. 

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Officers


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Officers


Marisa acocella Marchetto, founder

Marisa Acocella Marchetto the founder and chair of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai. She is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work has appeared in The New York Times; Glamour; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is the author of The New York Times best selling graphic novel Ann Tenna (Knopf), Cancer Vixen (Knopf), and Just Who the Hell Is She, Anyway? (Crown). Her graphic memoir Cancer Vixen was named one of Time’s top ten graphic memoirs, and was a finalist for the National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year. She lives in New York City.


Dr. Paula Klein, Chief Medical Officer

One hundred percent of Dr. Paula Klein's clinical practice is devoted to medical oncology care for breast cancer patients from all parts of the Tri-State area. It includes both male and female patients as well as all stages of breast cancer from DCIS through advanced disease, where her interest lies. It includes chemoprevention strategies for many who have not been diagnosed with invasive disease but are at high risk, making them appropriate for prevention. Dr. Klein sees many premenopausal patients as well as the more common postmenopausal patients, and hopes to offer almost every patient an opportunity to enroll in a clinical trial, either with a new therapy (targeting patient’s unique tumor type and biology) or a new drug or drug combinations including biologics. She also encourages participation in integrative medicine such as yoga, to relax early stage breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy, as well acupuncture for treatment-related toxicities such as neuropathy and anxiety.

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Our Programs


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Our Programs


 

The Marisa Acocella Marchetto eMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

The mission of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation is to empower women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors to receive the best possible care for the best possible outcome without being concerned about
the financial ramifications. We fund holistic treatments to cold caps to new methods of empowerment.

Our programs are located at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center West.

Cook for your life

This interactive workshop designed for cancer patients will be held quarterly. It offers cooking demonstrations, recipes for healthy eating, and advice for healthy eating and nutrition. Call 212-604-6096 for workshop dates, or visit cookforyourlife.org for more information. 

MOVING FOR LIFE

Dance exercise for cancer recovery. This exercise class will be held weekly, Thursdays from 4-5pm. The weekly classes are designed to help increase your range of motion, improve circulation, awaken and enliven the body, increase aerobic capacity, and increase flexibility. In addition, monthly lectures will take place with topics ranging from: How to Control Fatigue, Lymphedema, Neuropathy, Managing Chronic Pain, etc. Call 212-604-6098 for more information on this program, or visit movingforlife.org.

YOGA

A weekly yoga class will be held on Fridays from 2-3:30 pm. This yoga class will include the gentlest of exercise combined with quiet music and creative visualization designed to help you relax and revitalize as you move along your healing path. For more information on this program, please call 212-844-8575.

BOOKS

Please speak with your social worker about books that we have available in our library that you might be interested in reading. 

Massage Therapy Program

We provide massage therapy in the infusion suite from a NY State licensed massage therapist. Therapeutic massage has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue, muscle tension, and nausea. Please speak to your nurse if you are interested, as some restrictions may apply and the times and days of the week vary.

THE CREATIVE CENTER –
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

An Artist-in-Residence works every Thursday with our patients and their families. The artist brings a variety of projects and processes each week to the waiting area and the infusion suite to help everyone discover their own creative resources and have fun! Call 212-604-6097 for more information or visit  thecreativecenter.org.

WRITING/JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

We offer writing workshops. Journaling and writing are therapeutic techniques that can be helpful to reduce stress and anxiety. If you do not want to participate in the workshops, but are interested in receiving a journal to write in, please speak to your social worker.

QI GONG/T’AI CHI CHIH®

A weekly T’ai Chi Chih class will be held on Fridays from 11 am-12 pm. T’ai Chi Chih is a set of movements focused on the development of an intrinsic energy called Chi. T’ai Chi Chih does not require a particular level of physical fitness or coordination. For more information on this program please call 212-844-8575. 

 
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How to Get Involved


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How to Get Involved


How to get involved

Donations fund grants at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation's mission is to EMPOWER uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors to receive the best possible care for the best possible outcome without being concerned about the financial ramifications. We help fund services from screenings to holistic care to new methods of empowerment. Our mission: NO BREAST LEFT BEHIND.

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Updates from cancer vixen

EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

Just got the brochures for the Empowerment Program, funded by the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation through a grant from Bloomingdale's! 

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Cancer Vixen


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Cancer Vixen


Cancer Vixen: A True Story

What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds...a lump in her breast?

That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between. Read more...

“Powerful . . . A vibrant, neon chronicle with plenty of atti­tude . . . A triumph of imagination and spirit.” —Los Angeles Times

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