Great news — we are happy to announce we hosted yet another successful Think Fit For Kids event at Club Fit Briarcliff!
The goal of this annual event is to raise to benefit pediatric brain tumor research via Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to the childhood brain tumor community. They serve the more than 28,000 U.S. children and teens battling brain tumors by investing in the most promising research and providing practical, informational and emotional support to families.
Event organizer Kim Gilman was happy to report this year’s event, held on March 9, 2019, had an impressive turnout. “Thank you, once again, to Club Fit for donating their amazing venue and staff for the 9th annual Think Fit For Kids! This year alone, we have already raised over $225,000 to fund the most promising pediatric brain cancer research. When we first approached Club Fit back in 2011, I don’t think any of us thought we could ever come close to raising $2 million in nine years! But, we have! And in the process, we have built awareness around this horrific disease and built a community of support and hope for families battling pediatric brain cancer. Thank you, Club Fit for your generous partnership. Together, we WILL find gentler and more promising treatments and a cure for kids’ brain cancer!”
Shout out to our caring and enthusiastic Energy Center Staff, and Manager Melissa Lawrence, who says, “I am very happy to be a part of this event. We have been doing it for nine years and it’s for a great cause. My staff never hesitate to help and they have a great time engaging with the kids at the event.”
Want to be notified about their upcoming events? Follow Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on Facebook or Instagram. For more information on how to help/donate, visit thinkfitforkids.org.”
Hailing from Ireland, where she attended University College Dublin and completed her residency at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, also in Dublin, Dr. Brennan came to the United States in 2005 to complete a fellowship at Sloan-Kettering’s Breast and Body Imaging Center, and the rest was history. During the fellowship, she sharpened her expertise in imaging of tumors in the chest, abdomen and pelvis, as well as in breast imaging and intervention, and upon completion of the fellowship she was invited to join the faculty in Sloan-Kettering’s Department of Radiology.
Currently, her focus is on breast imaging, which involves interpretation of screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound examinations and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Her clinical work includes state-of-the-art procedures such as image-guided biopsy under stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guidance, and breast localization procedures with both radioactive seed and wire localizations. Radioactive seed localizations are a relatively new approach that she says will be put into practice in MSK West Harrison in the new year. “The field is constantly evolving, and the number of options available to our patients continues to grow,” she says.
The opening of the West Harrison facility was a great opportunity for Dr. Brennan, who is also mom to six-year-old Samuel and four-year-old Leah, to get out of the city and into the more family-friendly suburbs. The family recently moved to Chappaqua and joined Club Fit Briarcliff, where they enjoy the Aquatics Center on weekends, and Samuel has been playing basketball. Dr. Brennan is no stranger to health clubs, and staying fit has been a lifelong practice. “I run, cycle, hike, swim…I’ve even completed some half-marathons!” she said. Since joining Club Fit, she gets in two to three visits per week, and has been spending her time in the Fitness Center. She’s looking forward to exploring other areas of the club with her children in the coming months.
One program that piqued her interest was the Cancer Wellness Program, which has been a part of Club Fit’s programming for a number of years. Free to cancer patients, both members and non-members, this strength and cardio conditioning program is designed to meet the special needs of people undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment. “There is growing evidence to suggest that maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active may reduce your risk of getting certain types of cancer such as breast, colon, endometrial and prostate,” says Dr. Brennan. “Patients who exercise and pay attention to their overall wellness tolerate treatment better, and in many cases experience a faster recovery.”
With the opening of the West Harrison facility, Sloan-Kettering has expanded its presence in Westchester County, which it has served since 1995 through its facility at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. The facility’s staff includes more than 100 professionals, including cancer surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and radiologists. “What we’ve done is bring all the services of the main campus in Manhattan to Westchester, allowing patients access to the same high-quality services without the commute into the city,” says Dr. Brennan. Add that to the plethora of support groups and other resources available to cancer patients in our area, and a cancer diagnosis becomes a much easier burden to bear, for both patient and caregiver.