Written by Colleen Maidhof, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00
Darcy Novick, breast cancer survivor and founder of Bosom Buddies, held a “Bowl for a Cure” event on September 15 at the Plainview Bowling Alley to help raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
The bowling alley was filled to the brim with hundreds of supporters who were adorned with vibrant pink clothing and Bosom Buddies shirts in effort to strike out cancer. Local residents as well as residents all over Nassau County came out for the fun evening and to help support Novick’s cause, while Local businesses such as Garden City’s Salon and Spa also showed their support by donating prizes to raffle off.
In December 2010 Novick was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she was successfully treated in 2011. The survivor, who grew up in Plainview, then began her quest to help others who were diagnosed with cancer. Today she hosts several events in Nassau County and the New York City area to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society; she has raised $75,000 since 2011 and $5,000 so far this year.
Novick’s activism began after the American Cancer Society asked her if she needed a makeover or any help during her recovery process.
She explained, “I declined, and I asked if there was anything I can do to help them. They told me about a walk that they were doing to help raise funds and awareness, and I thought it was a great idea.” She continued, “I got a few friends together, and we carefully thought of a perfect name for the walk. That is when we came up with Bosom Buddies. Everyone loved our logo at the walk, so the next day I trade marked the logo and formed the company.”
Novick’s family also came down to the Plainview Bowling Alley to show their support. Marty Novick, Darcy’s father said, “I am very proud of my daughter. She is full of energy and spirit, and she donates all of her time to help others who are diagnosed with cancer.” He continued, “Today all of her supporters and family are here to help her out with this great cause.”
Pamela Schwartz, of the American Cancer Society, was very appreciative of Novick’s contributions over the years. She said, “Darcy is an amazing mobilizer that is bursting with energy. She is an outstanding example of someone who is committed. She is a creative fundraiser, and I support her. She is a survivor.”
Plainview resident, Sandi Hoffman, who has been friends with Novick since kindergarten, also came to show her support to the survivor who truly turned something negative in her life to something positive.
“When Darcy created Bosom Buddies, and she began creating events, I joined in and started raising money to help her,” she said. “This event is a great example of the community coming together to help support a great cause.”
The Bosom Buddies’ vision is to be a universal recognized symbol of the bond between people battling breast cancer, survivors, victims, and the priceless support of those who love them. To learn more about Bosom Buddies or to purchase merchandise visit www.thebosombuddies.com.