Helping Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer was the second leading cause of death among females in the United States in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available.  It accounted for some 22.2 percent of women’s deaths due to disease during 2009, behind only heart disease at 24.0 percent.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US.  In 2011, approximately 39,520 women are expected to die from breast cancer.  Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

To a group of women in Albany, New York, these are more than just grim statistics.  Breast cancer touched their lives in a deeply personal way when their mother and aunt, Dee Germano, lost her battle with this devastating disease some 26 years ago.  Then, three years ago, the family learned that the disease was genetic when their sister and cousin, Jude, was diagnosed at age 35 with stage 0 breast cancer.  Although the disease was caught early and Jude recovered, the news was terrifying, especially to Jude’s husband and three year old daughter.

Determined to do everything they could to channel their anxiety into something positive, the sisters, along with their own families and a multitude of cousins, got together to form a group called Dee’s Kids Foundation, devoted to making sure that their own little girls would never have to experience the loss and pain that they did.

Since then, Dee’s Kids Foundation has successfully held two family-centered fundraisers, raising close to $16,000 for The American Cancer Society. They call the fundraiser Boobalapalooza (pronounced Boo-ba-la-pa-looza).  The name comes from Jude’s daughter Grace, who at age three dubbed Jude’s “boobalas” all better.

During the past year, the family was again confronted with the news that Jude, now 38 years old, was diagnosed with a new cancer.  Although she is, fortunately, recovering, Dee’s Kids Foundation is more determined than ever to support the American Cancer Society.

This year, the Fourth Annual Boobalapalooza ( will be held on Saturday, September 21, in Troy, New York.  Donations are welcome and all proceeds will benefit Dee’s Kids and the American Cancer Society.  Esco Optics is proud to be a sponsor of this event and encourages everyone to participate.

For more details, please visit The Breast Cancer Site
Please contact Alicia Germano if you would like to become a sponsor or would like any additional information.(518)928-8316 or

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