On Saturday, April 27, 2014, the Hellenic Women’s Club and Neiman Marcus, Natick hosted an afternoon of Fashion, Friendship and Fundraising to benefit the Hellenic Women’s Club, Inc. EOK Demetra Fund for Breast Cancer Research and Patient Assistance. Thanks to our generous donors and guests, an additional $50,00 was raised in support of the Demetra Fund. The Hellenic Women’s Club has pledged $100,000 to Dana-Farber to create the first and only fund to provide assistance specifically for breast cancer patients. The Demetra Fund has also pledged $50,000 to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to establish an assistance fund for breast cancer patients.
(l-r) Elaine Pantazopoulos, Hellenic Women's Club President Mary Lynn Pergantis, Co-chair Olga Bassett, Chair Patricia Dukakis, Co-chair Janis Otis Semine, Stacey Kacoyanis
Spring Event Committee
Patricia Dukakiss, Chair
Olga Bassett - Janis Semine, Co-Chairs
Mary Lynn Pergantis
2014 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
Deborah Toffler, BS, MSW, is the Director of the Division of Patient and Family Programs and Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There, she manages a team of 15 full-time staff and 300+ volunteers who run programs and services that are designed to ease the daily burden of a cancer diagnosis for patients and their families. Among these, she oversees the Office of Patient and Family Assistance, which provides critical need-based financial support, as well as pro bono legal services and financial coaching sessions, for eligible patients, families, and survivors who face financial hardship while battling the physical and emotional challenges often associated with cancer. Deborah joined Dana-Farber in 2005, prior to which she held positions at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Boston Mayor’s Office, and Big Sister Association, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass Amherst and a Master’s in social work from Boston University.
Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH is a clinical specialist in the Physical Therapy Services Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. O’Toole has provided physical therapy services at MGH for over 25 years, specializing in the treatment of cancer patients with upper quarter dysfunction. Her responsibilities during this time have included the treatment, clinical teaching and research of a condition known as lymphedema, the acute swelling that can occur following cancer treatment. In breast cancer patients, lymphedema occurs particularly in the arms and requires the use of costly, non-reimbursable compression sleeves to counteract its effects. Ms. O’Toole is widely published on the subject of lymphedema prevention and management, and has worked tirelessly to provide financial assistance for lymphedema patients. She is directly involved in the management of the funds donated by the Demetra Fund. Ms. O’Toole received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.