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In Living Pink- The Art Of Survival by the
Young Survival Coalition

Editor in chief: Najaam Lee
Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo credit: Cindy Ord

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Title/Headline – Young Survival Gala Description – NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Young Survival Coalition CEO, Jennifer Merschdorf (L) and Survival Coalition host committee member Courtney Hagen attend the Young Survival Gala on May 20, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) Keywords – Arts Culture and Entertainment Photo Credit – Getty Images

Fighting cancer includes creating programs and resources to get the job done and The Young Survival Coalition did just that on May 20, 2016 at the Three Sixty in Tribeca, NY.

YSC raised over $285,000. , including $30k from the art auction donations, which will provide numerous resources to young survivors. This was a super successful event.

It was the first time YSC held an  array of fine art sculptures and photography expressing the breast cancer experience. There were over 50 art works by New York’s top established and emerging fine art and performance artists such as: Toshiko Takaezu, the late Vivian Maier, Peter Drake, John Mosler, Mark Mennin, Leslie Wayne, among many others.

There were 375 attendees who lent their support; and among the various notable attendees were: Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing’s Ryan Serhant, CW11’s Emmy Award Winning Show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Gabrielle Ruiz, Broadway stars Krysta Rodriguez, Tari Kelly, Corinne Melançon, Leah Zepel, plus creator and designer of Boy Meets Girl Stacy Igel.

Awards were handed out to the following recognizing their value works and efforts:

  • The YSC Circle of Excellence Award was presented to Pfizer.
  • Jamie Pleva-Nickerson was award the Kristen Martinez Legacy Award. Kristen Martinez was the chair emerita from 1974 to 2010. Then,
  • Dominque Daniela was given the YSC Champion of the Year.
  • Pablo Colon received the YSC Tour de Pink Champion of the Year Award.
  • The last award was given to Diana Di Mare in Memoriam in Living Pink Award who was a long time supporter.



NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: Artist Angelo Merendino attends the Young Survival Gala on May 20, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Angelo Merendino offered a rare and intimate glimpse through a special photo series The Battle We Didn’t Choose featuring his late wife, Jennifer Merendino, who past in 2011 from Metastatic Breast Cancer.

“My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife. They show the challenge, difficulty, fear, sadness, and loneliness that we faced, that Jennifer faced, as she battled this disease. Most important of all, they show our love. These photographs do not define us, but they are us.”



Young Survival Coalition (YSC), is the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. There are startling facts and misconceptions about breast cancer especially for young women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women ages 15 to 39. Also, there is currently no effective breast cancer screening tool for women 40 and younger.

It is estimated that 12,880 cases of breast cancer will be in women under age 40. Approximately 26,275 women will be under 45 years of age when diagnosed. It is projected that over 1,000 women under age 40 will die from breast cancer each year .

The YSC organization advocates for and provides free resources and programs to support, educate and empower young women with diagnosis, through treatment and beyond with their local networks across the U.S. They hold their conference and summit that feature inspirational speakers, workshops addressing the unique issues that young women with breast cancer face, and special wellness activities.

More about YSC can be found on at  www.youngsurvival.org.


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