Rick Bard and Dr. Gwendolyn C. Baker

Miss USA and Dr. Daniel F. Roses

Miss USA and Nina Boxer

Cindy Guyer and Nino Selimaj

Rick Bard Promotes
Breast Cancer Awareness

Story and Photos by Tim Boxer

ANIEL ROSES and Gwendolyn Baker, honorary chairs of the Manhattan Magazine Foundation, helped editor/publisher Rick Bard honor three medical professionals at the Manhattan Breast Cancer Awareness Awards.

The event attracted Candace Krueger, the reigning Miss USA, romance cover queen Cindy Guyer, and theater critic Aubrey Reuben to Nino’s Ristorante on the Upper East Side, where Nino Selimaj played host to an SRO crowd of supporters.

Bard, who has been presenting the awards for six years, mentioned that his mother, Sylvia, had breast cancer 27 years ago. “The key,” he said, “is early detection.”

The three awardees were

Dr. Beryl McCormick,
clinical director of
Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center’s
department of radiation

Dr. Violet Merle
, chief of breast
surgery services at
Englewood Hospital.

Dr. Carolyn D. Runowicz,
director of the division of
gynecologic oncology at
Albert Einstein College of
Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, and a breast cancer survivor.

Dr. Baker is also a breast cancer survivor. In fact, Dr. Roses was her doctor.

It’s important,” Dr. McCormick stressed, “that women see their doctors and screen their breasts. Of all the cancers out there, breast cancer is curable.”

Dr. Roses summed up the occasion: “We are honoring people who are trying to cure disease, not spread it.”

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