Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) Receives Special Award from American Cancer Society

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OCLI is 7th Largest Fundraising Team in the Nation for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Anne Thomsen (far right), Senior Director of Special Events for the MSABC Walk at Jones Beach, presented the award to the OCLI team

Not only is this an opportunity for OCLI to join the community to fight back against breast cancer, it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease and save lives -- Tom Burke, CEO, OCLI

Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) received a special recognition award from the American Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” (MSABC). OCLI is an independent ophthalmology practice on Long Island with 9 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and 260 employees. OCLI was the 7th largest fundraising team in the nation for MSABC’s annual walk that took place at Jones Beach on October 16, 2011. A longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, OCLI is proud to be a Local Flagship Sponsor of the Walk. As a Flagship Sponsor, the OCLI team raised a total of $52,790.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of MSABC and honored to receive this award from the American Cancer Society,” said Tom Burke, CEO of OCLI and OCLI Team Member. “I am pleased to announce that we will continue to sponsor the MSABC Walk in October 2012. Not only is this an opportunity for OCLI to join the community to fight back against breast cancer, it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease and save lives”.

The OCLI team was lead by Ellen Corcoran and Jennifer Messina. Ellen is the office manager of OCLI’s Lynbrook and East Meadow offices and Jennifer Messina is Executive Assistant at OCLI’s Westbury Central Business Office. More than $1.5 million in total was raised by thousands of dedicated community members who participated in the inspirational walk at Jones Beach to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about the disease and raise funds and awareness to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. More than 200 Making Strides walks take place nationwide each year to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer, educate people about ways to reduce their risk, and empower communities to join the fight.

The money raised from the MSABC Walk helps the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well by taking steps to prevent cancer or find it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. It is not too late to donate to the OCLI team. Donations are still being accepted online at http://www.ocli.net by using the pink ribbon and “Donate to our Team” link.

For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and other American Cancer Society breast cancer programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org/stridesonline.

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The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
OCLI, one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the nation, consists of 24 eye doctors and specialists representing most subspecialties of ophthalmology and optometry in 9 locations throughout Long Island; in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, East Setauket, Manhasset, East Meadow, Port Jefferson, Inwood and Mineola. OCLI also has a research department that is involved in FDA studies to improve the treatment and diagnosing of ophthalmic diseases. For more information, please call 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254) or visit http://www.ocli.net.

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