In response to the Surgeon General’s Skin Cancer Call to Action

NY State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford

Partnering with

CCMAC, Moku Surf, Belaray DermatologyMcClain Labs and Stony Brook Univ. Hosp. Dermatology, provided FREE Skin Screenings on the Beach and the Boardwalk between  Monroe Blvd. and Long Beach Road, Long Beach NY., where  Moku Surf  hosted their Second Annual Long Board Surfer Tournament .

Long Beach Screening Summary

Of the 121 individuals seen – 1/2 were referred for follow-up.  Generally over the past 12 years our stats are 1/3rd however the population were mostly those who surf and frequent the beach often. Our very first screening event at Jones Beach years ago required 1/2 referral.  We were particularly pleased to reach the surfers – certainly a high risk group.

The value in such an initiative is that we get to speak on a one to one basis to participants after the dermatologist has seen them and give them additional brochures etc. regarding skin cancer prevention  I love the beach myself however  always wear a UV Shirt while swimming and I find it also keeps me cool when on the beach under the umbrella.  

It is particularly rewarding when pre-cancerous lesions are picked up – certainly saves a lot of heartache and healthcare dollars not to mention Basel, Squamous and Melanoma – when diagnosed early.  The anniversary of Kathy Antonacci’s husbands passing from Melanoma was the day of the event, and to quote her, “what better way to spend the day”. She, Cory and Deb Amato handled registration and collection of forms which was not easy in the sand on a warm day. Donald & Barbara did the boardwalk registration etc. Joseph Buckshaw, Frank O’hara’s grandson distributed brochures and invited folks to attend as well as setting up with the guys.  Kim handled the flow of patients with Tony Amato taking over when she had to leave.

We were most grateful to have Joseph Buckshaw and his friend Jason with us.  Joe, Jason and his other friends have helped us at the walk many times.  We know how important it is to have the interest of youth.

Special thanks to Assemblyman Kaminsky and his staff for their participation, support and getting the word out. We also thank Kevin Sime of Moku Surf for their invitation to share in their event, and for helping provide a much needed and life saving service to the surfing community. Kevin was on the Boardwalk at 6 am., with several others helping us set up the event.

Thank you to all of you who so willingly give of your time. It is because of you that CCMAC has continued in this important work.


Previous Screenings

Tanner Park, Copiague, NY., July 16th, 2015

CCMAC collaborated with Dr. Jennifer DeFazio and the residents of Stonybrook Hospital Dermatology Department, Dr. Scott Flugman, and Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Laboratories, Senator Phil Boyle and Senator Michael Venditto to provide FREE Skin Cancer Screenings on July 16th at Tanner Park.

NYS Lifeguard Screening, May 9th, 2015, Suffolk Community College, Brentwood NY. 

CCMAC, and the lifeguards screened GREATLY APPRECIATE the doctors and volunteers who donate their time to provide the screenings. Special thanks to Steve McClain, of McClain Laboratories and Dr. Pamela Basuk, of Basuk Dermatology,  Dr. Peter O’Neill of Garden City, NY., Dr. Todd Coven of the Mount Sinai North Shore Medical Group, CCMAC volunteers Rosemarie Scelfo, Kathy Antonacci, Colette Coyne Sr. and Paul Steck.

CCMAC has been providing FREE Skin Cancer Screenings on the Boardwalk at Jones Beach State Park, Nassau & Suffolk County Parks, and other locations around the New York metropolitan area since 2005. Early identification and early intervention saves lives. Many of those screened are referred to private physicians for more comprehensive examinations and follow up. One in 5 will get Skin Cancer in their lifetime.

Without the dedication and generosity of dermatologist, residents, and other staff from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Stony Brook University, Mount Sinai, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Belaray Dermatology, All Island Dermatology, and McClain Laboratories 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.

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11th Annual Miles For Melanoma “Accurate” 5K Run/Walk

 A Huge Success


A great day in which individuals and families from  all over came together to celebrate loved ones and feel the strength of those who have been, or are in treatment.

The success of the annual 5K Run/Walk walk depends upon two groups of people; those who come to run, walk and cheer, and those involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of the event. CCMAC is grateful and appreciative of all those; the board and volunteers who work so hard planning and implementing this very important event.

The day of the walk starts with committed volunteers who arrive at the park shortly before the sun rises in order to unload the truck, set up the tents, tables, and chairs; hang the banners, post the signage, fill the balloons, and line the Run/Walk path with the hundreds of the “In Honor of, and In Memory” signs. Some of the early morning risers included Jerry Pelan 1st. on the scene at 5am to unload the truck, his early arrival and help gave us a big head start and getting everything set up on time. Next to arrive was Joe Buckshaw, his son Joe, a friend Jason and one other friend who was bribed to come so early on. Without these guys the tents would have never been set up on time. Later Joe Sr. also did a bang up job with the helium balloons. Soon to follow was Mrs. Debbie Amato, whose beautiful daughter Debbie Amato Formato died this past October from Melanoma. The Mrs. Amato, Debbie her daughter and friends were regular attendees of past walks. Mrs. Amato could not do enough to help us set up and ensure the event want smoothly. Special thanks to Mrs. Debbie Amato, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Once at the park the first thing our attendees do is register. Registration this year was handled by; Fred and Kathy Kortman, Marisue, Rocco and Jill Ianarelli, Kathy & Mary Antonacci and John Traina, ZoeAnn Hamilton and Lisa Dzurilla, and Angela Pitto. 

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Following registration folks head over to receive their “GOODY BAGS”, at the “GOODY BAG TABLE” staffed by the Clark high school cheerleaders.

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While waiting for the run and walk to begin over 150 attendees took advantage of the FREE Skin Cancer Screenings being offered at the walk. We are grateful to Dr. Jeff Ellis of Belaray Dermatology and Dr. Amit Garg, Chair of Dermatology of the North Shore -LIJ Dermatology Department who made this possible. The NS-LIJ dermatology department also had a team participating in the run. Barbara and Donald Gleason managed all registrations for the screening event. Dr, Jeff Ellis is pictured below left, and Dr. Amit Garg below right with baseball cap.

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Many participants visited the Prize Wheel and Kids tables which were a big hit with all of the Kids, young and old. The prize wheel and table were managed by Helen Sanudo and Grace and Kate Buckshaw, while the Kids table was managed by Wendy & Rich Ruocco, Tina and Lauren Ruocco, and Mark.

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The Kids table provided children of all ages an opportunity make bracelets using UV Sensitive Beads and paint finger nails with UV Sensitive Polish. The UV sensitive beads and polish when exposed to the UV rays of the sun turn colors from white to purple. The stronger the rays, the darker purple they turn. The kids are having fun and learning at the same time. They also could get their faces painted which as you can tell from the slide show below many took advantage of. 

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Prior to the Run/Walk beginning we were proud to have the Nassau County Explorers Honor Guard and Officer Sharon Galvin of the Nassau County Police Department  present the Flag and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.

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In addition to those running, walking and cheering CCMAC is especially grateful for the continued support of the events sponsors and promoters; Belaray Dermatology, Blue Lizard, Cablevision News Channel 12 Long Island,  Emblem Health, Fresh 102.7,, Hillside Beverage,   Jay Letterman and My Country 96.1 WJVC, Jay Oliver & Long Island News Radio 103.9 FM, King Kullen, McCLain Laboratories, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature, North Shore – LIJ Dermatology, Ridgewood Savings BankSnapple, and UVSkinz

Thanks to Holly Koehler and Laura Hamilton for selling chances, to Marissa and ALexa of the Clarke Cheerleaders for staffing the Volunteer Sign in Table, and to Katie Vollino & Bella for staffing the Greeters, and to Carole Frost Kelly (Melanoma Survivor) for staffing the Merchandise Table, and for all the work she continues to do over the years to prevent Melanoma Skin Cancer. Carole has been a great support to many diagnosed with this terrible disease. Table. Special thanks to our our photographers; Wendy Ruocco and Theresa McCloskey of Team McCloskey, who every year do a great job capturing special moments and documenting the event in pictures, and our Videographer Rosalia Gaudino, of Team Gaudino for capturing special moments on video. Thank You Wendy, Theresa and Rosalia!

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2015 5K Walk 


11th Annual 5K Run/Walk Sponsors


2015 5K Run 


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2015 TEAMS

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