[New York, NY, April 8, 2008] – The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education, which focuses exclusively on educating women and men of all ages about prevention and early detection of breast cancer, conducted a breast health program yesterday for a capacity crowd of 160 women and men at the headquarters of the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Manhattan. The program was simulcast to seven of the firm’s U.S. offices.
In his opening remarks, Weil Chairman Stephen J. Dannhauser, emphasized the importance of “education as the best weapon we have against breast cancer. Thousands of New Yorkers are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and early detection and treatment is key to helping overcome this ailment.” Dannhauser, who is being honored at the Maurer Foundation’s 5th Annual Pink Diamond Ball on May 31, also spoke of his admiration for the Mauer Foundation’s tireless efforts to raise public awareness.
Niki Gregory, Chairman of the Board of The Maurer Foundation, shared her personal story as a three-time breast cancer survivor. “I was first diagnosed at the age of 36. If I hadn’t pushed for a mammogram, which I was told I didn’t need because of my age, I might have had a different outcome. It is critical that you be your own strongest advocate regarding your health.”
Dr. Virginia Maurer, a renowned breast surgeon who created The Maurer Foundation, urged attendees not to be swayed by myths about breast cancer. “Age does not provide absolute protection. You can’t be ‘too young’ for breast cancer. My youngest patient was 22 years old. And a lack of family history does not mean you are protected. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.”
Libby Zimmer, Executive Director of The Foundation said, “The Maurer Foundation has educated 130,000 individuals about breast cancer prevention and early detection. We’ve reached out to corporations, high school students, and community-based organizations to empower them and give them the education and tools they need to lead healthy lifestyles and catch breast cancer at its earliest stage.”
About The Maurer Foundation
Dr. Virginia Maurer founded The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education in 1995, when she recognized the need among her patients for a better understanding of breast cancer—its symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, cure rates, and most importantly, the prevention of breast cancer and its relationship to lifetime good health practices. The Foundation has educated individuals in high schools and colleges, community organizations, and places of business at no cost.
About Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a global law firm of 1,300 attorneys, including over 300 partners. Weil Gotshal serves major clients through its New York headquarters and 18 other offices located in Austin, Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Providence, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw, Washington DC and Wilmington. The firm’s application for its Beijing office is pending.