Big Squeeze Weekend to Host New Cancer Screening Coach -- Mill to Donate Cider Sales for Bassett Cancer Research

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The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will feature its 10th annual "Big Squeeze Weekend” October 3 and 4. The event is designed not only to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples but also to raise funds for the Friends of Bassett’s commitment to Bassett Cancer Research. All day Saturday Mill sales of fresh, sweet cider in both full gallons and halves will be donated to the Friends’.

Turning the pressing tray under the 1889 water-powered cider press at the Fly Creek Cider Mill

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will feature its 10th annual “Big Squeeze Weekend” October 3 and 4. The event is designed not only to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples but also to raise funds for the Friends of Bassett’s commitment to Bassett Cancer Research. All day Saturday Mill sales of fresh, sweet cider in both full gallons and halves will be donated to the Friends’.

Newly displayed at this year’s event will be Bassett’s Mobile Cancer Screening Coach. The Bassett Mobile Mammography Team led by Brenda Nutt will be at the Mill both days from 9:00 until 4:30 to answer questions, schedule appointments and provide tours of the new coach. On Sunday the Bassett staff will provide breast exams and digital mammography from 11:00 until 4:00 right there in the coach. The program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and early screening through the use of mammography detection. As an incentive to register for a screening, the Mill has provided Vera Bradley Design’s Sweetheart Pouches to be given to the first 48 registrants. The pouches are part of Vera Bradley Designs’ commitment to Breast Cancer Research funding through the sales of their Hope Garden Handbag Pattern.

“The Big Squeeze Weekend is our way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special event benefiting Cancer Research. I lost my mom and a dear friend and team member to breast cancer. I’m proud to have our Mill help fund research that hopefully will save lives,” states Brenda Michaels, co-owner of the Mill. “Saturday visitors can join in the effort by stocking up on sweet cider to freeze for the winter. We are one of the last water-powered cider mills in the nation. Watching cider being made on the big press is fascinating!”

In addition the Mill will offer more than 10 different varieties of New York State grown apples for sampling. A recent Cornell University study (attached) has identified a dozen compounds called triterpenoids in apple peels that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures.

A special performance by the Mill’s lyricist and impressionist, Ody B. Goldy, Sunday from noon until 4:00 will entertain guests with music and laughs plus participation in breast cancer trivia contests with winners awarded free cider.

For more information about the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard visit the web at http://www.flycreekcidermill.com. To make a donation to the Friends of Bassett call 607-547-3928, or go on-line at http://www.friendsofbassett.org. For more information about Bassett’s Mobile Mammography Program contact Brenda Nutt at 607-547-4830.

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