Maimonides kicks off Breast Cancer Month

More than 100 bikers commence the scenic Ride 2 Live motorcycle tour through the streets of Brooklyn to raise breast cancer awareness, pay tribute to lost loved ones, and celebrate survivors.
Maimonides Hospital Center

The Maimonides Breast Center, in partnership with Bikers of Brooklyn, kicked-off Breast Cancer Month on Friday with the 10th Annual Ride 2 Live Motorcycle Tour, to raise awareness, pay tribute to lost loved ones, celebrate survivors, and raise funds to support the research and clinical services provided by the nationally recognized Maimonides Cancer Center.

Despite less than perfect weather, over 100 bikers from all over the region participated in the scenic tour through the streets of Brooklyn, led by the hospital’s own Breast Cancer Program Director, Dr. Patrick Borgen.

The tour concluded at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, where participants and supporters enjoyed a lively after-party that included the Gilbert Rivera Foundation Cars for Cancer Show in Gargiulo’s parking lot, said Maimonides Hospital in a statement.

“What a great testament to the overwhelming support of the entire borough of Brooklyn,” said Dr. Borgen, who is also chair of Surgery at Maimonides. “It’s so gratifying, as a physician and healer, to see friends and colleagues year after year turn out for these twin events.”

“Our Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Maimonides Cancer Center, especially the work being done by our amazing Breast Cancer Team,” said Erminia Rivera, vice chair of the Maimonides Board of Trustees, and head of the foundation named for her late husband Gilbert who died of cancer. “It’s so important for patients to feel support before, during and after treatment, and having these events ensures that we are getting the word out to as many people as possible that world-class cancer care is available right here in Brooklyn.”

The Maimonides Breast Center is ranked among the top five percent nationally, and is the first and only Brooklyn-based program of its kind to be designated an American College of Radiology Center of Excellence in multiple areas — mammography, ultrasound, MRI of the breast, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound biopsy and MRI biopsy.

“At the Maimonides Breast Center, every patient’s case is reviewed not just by one doctor, but by an entire team,” Dr. Borgen said. “We take great pride in providing the very best options for each and every patient. We are especially grateful to the Rivera Family and all of you showing your support today for our work on behalf of patients.”

Maimonides said the Breast Center receives over 7,500 patient visits annually and offers the finest multidisciplinary treatment and comprehensive care, supported by a team of renowned specialists.

Housed in the stunning Gilbert Rivera Pavilion of the Maimonides Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Team offers comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, as well as nutrition and genetics counseling, and a full array of support services for patients and families.

Dr. Patrick Borgen, breast cancer program director (first from left); Erminia Rivera, vice chair of the Maimonides Board of Trustees and chair of the Cancer Center Advisory Board (second from left); were joined by NYS Senator Marty Golden (sixth from left), NYPD Highway Patrol officers, breast cancer survivors and supporters at the Maimonides Ride2 Live.
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