Carle Place Community Defies Weather Conditions to Honor Two of Their Own, Leanne Kozak and Lynn DeVivo

             Leanne Kozak     Lynn DeVivo

January 7th 2017

Despite the years first big snowfall, blustery winds, near white out conditions, and very, very cold temperatures. Members of the Carle Place community braved the elements and turned out in droves to celebrate and honor the lives of two of their own, Leanne Kozak and Lynn Devivo, who lost their battles with Melanoma, the deadliest form of Skin Cancer.

The event organizer Paul Steck (Melanoma Survivor), his wife Maria, daughter Natalie, the Carle Place Community, and the family and friends of Leanne and Lynn continue to raise awareness and spread the “Be Sun Smart” message to prevent Skin Cancer Melanoma. Protect Yourself From the Dangerous and Deadly UV Rays of the Sun; Wear sunscreen daily, hats, sunglasses, and UV clothing; See Your Dermatologist Yearly, and Don’t Use Tanning Beds!

The evening’s event was a huge success. It was held at Manning’s Restaurant and Pub located in Carle Place; featuring food, drinks, dancing, magic, music, door prizes, silent and Chinese auctions and more.

CCMAC THANKS Natalie Steck, Jessica Pisani, Julia Beattie and our MC Thomas Vestuto for all their help making the event a success!

CCMAC THANKS all the following for their donations that helped make the event a success!

200 Computer Solutions, Air Brush by Kathy, Kathy Kozak, The Antonacci Family, Café Gino’s, Carmen Drugs, Christina Shaw Agency, Denise Coucoulas, Eillen Lichtenstein, Eileen & Kathy Kozak, Fred & Kathy Kortmann, Greenvale Electric – Rich Russel, Jo Haramis, Harold Bollachi Esq., Joan & Ed Steck, Keystone Tire & Auto Repair, La Botega, Carle Place, Lisbon Café, Michael Rossetti, Mike Kelly, Hoops 101, Mill Creek Inn, Mim’s Restaurant, NRL Wealth Creation Strategies, Organic Crush, Paniccia Family, Panera Restaurant, Pat McHugh, Paul & Maria Steck, Phil Smith, Stew Leonards, The Coyne Family, The Pisani Family, Tildet Varon – Growing With Truth Inc., Vincents Clam Bar, and Wheatley Hills Discounts Wine and Spirits.

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Auction Winners

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Magician Michael Rosetti @



CCMAC’s Summer Activities

Jones Beach Screening

CCMAC has been providing FREE Skin Cancer Screenings on the Boardwalk at Jones Beach State Park, County and Town Parks, and other locations around the New York metropolitan area since 2005. Without the dedication and generosity of the doctors and residents who donate their time these life saving screenings would not be able to provided to the Long Island Community. Early identification and early intervention saves lives. Many of those screened are referred to private physicians for more comprehensive examinations and follow up.

CCMAC would like to acknowledge and thank all those who participated to make this years screening at Jones Beach on August 21st, 2016 a success.

Dr. Jeff Ellis, Dr. Amy Slear and Armit Kumar PA., of Belaray Dermatology (Pictures Below).

Dr. Theodore J. Daly of Garden City Dermatology. Volunteerism runs in the family, Dr. Daly attended the screening with his son Daniel and daughter Kristin who also gave of their time to make the Jones Beach Screening a success, CCMAC Thanks the Daly Family 🙂 (Pictures Below).

Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Laboratories has been volunteering his time and that of his staff since our very first screening in 2005 at Meschutt Beach in Suffolk County. CCMAC and the community are grateful for all he has done, and continues to do to spread the Be Sun Smart message and Prevent Skin Cancer. Thank You Dr. McClain! (Pictures Below).

Dr. Hyder of Stonybrook Hospital (Pictures Below).

CCMAC Volunteers (Pictures Below).

In addition to doctors, residents and medical students, CCMAC’s volunteers contributing to the success of the Jones Beach Screening include; Debbie and Tony Amato, Kathy Antonacci, Colette Coyne, Thomas Coyne, Cory Eisner, Donald and Barbara Gleason, Theresa McCLoskey, Mark, and Paul Steck. (Slideshow below).

Natalie Steck, Jessica Pisani, Julia Beattie and our MC Thomas Vestuto



Tanner Park Screening

Senator Michael Venditto, Senator Phil Boyle, CCMAC, & the Town of Babylon Team Up to Provide Free Skin Cancer Screening Program to Over 150 Residents!

On July 7th, 2016, Senator Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) and Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bayshore) teamed up with the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) and the Town of Babylon to sponsor a free skin cancer screening program at Tanner Park in Copiague to help protect residents from skin cancer.

“Getting screened is critically important to ensure that skin cancer is detected early and treated effectively.  With people spending more and more time in the sun enjoying the summer, this program gave them the opportunity to be safe and get screened.  I thank CCMAC and the Town of Babylon for once again partnering with me to offer this important program,” said Senator Venditto.

According to CCMAC, one in five people will be diagnosed with some type of skin cancer in their lifetime. Malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, is the fastest growing cancer in America, claiming one life every hour. People of all ethnic backgrounds and races can get skin cancer. One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence more than doubles melanoma risk later in life.

CCMAC worked with Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Labs, Dr. Scott Flugman of Dermatology Associates of Huntington, Dr. Erin Schoor of NYU Langone Medical Group and the doctors from Stony Brook Hospital Dermatology Department to provide the free screenings to over 150 individuals.

Vinditto Tanners Park Screening

Pictured above (l-r) CCMAC volunteers Donald and Barbara Gleason, Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Labs, Legislator Duwayne Gregory, Senator Michael Venditto, CCMAC volunteer Debbie Amato, CCMAC co-founder & Executive Director Colette Coyne, Dr. Erin Schoor of NYU Langone Medical Group, Dr. Scott Flugman of Dermatology Associates of Huntington and Senator Phil Boyle at the free skin cancer screening program in Tanner Park.


New York State Life Guard Screening

On May 7th, 2016 CCMAC sponsored a skin cancer screening for New York State Lifeguards who were re-certifying at the Brentwood Campus of Suffolk Community College. Life guards at our county and state parks are at increased risk due to the nature of their jobs, and the amount of time spent in the sun. CCMAC has been providing FREE Skin Cancer Screenings around the New York metropolitan area for the past ten years. Early identification and intervention saves lives. Many of those screened are referred to private physicians for follow up.

CCMAC, and the lifeguards screened GREATLY APPRECIATE the doctors and volunteers who donate their time to provide the screenings. Special thanks to Dr. Pamela J Basuk, of Basuk Dermatology,  Dr. Erin Schoor of NYU Langone Medical Group , Huntington Medical Group, and Dr. Cameron Rokhsar of the New York Cosmetic, Skin & Laser Surgery Center located in Manhattan and Garden City. CCMAC volunteers included Colette Coyne, Thomas Coyne, Cory Eisner, Fred Kortman and Paul Steck.


Pictured above left to right; Dr. Erin Schoor, Dr. Pamela J. Basuk, Colette Coyne and Dr. Cameron Rockhsar.

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Pictured above Paul Steck registers lifeguards for the screening. 






CCMAC’s 5K Run / Walk 2016 





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