NYOH Community Cancer Foundation

Courage and Cancer: An Evening of Stories 2023

Join us for an evening of hope, community, joy, and inspiration as cancer survivors and those affected by cancer tell true, personal stories on stage which bring to life the realities of living with cancer.  Our brave storytellers will take the stage, coached by Emily Rubin, published author, writing instructor, and breast cancer survivor.

This event was held on May 25, 2023.

Meet Our 2023 Storytellers

View each storyteller’s biography.  Click on their name below to experience their story.

Liz Isabelle
Joslyn McArdle
Dr. Tia Olds
Elliot Sobel
Catherine Zampier

Event Details
Thursday, May 25, 2023
5:30 – 8:00 PM
The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
339 Central Ave, Albany 12206
Directions and parking information, visit The Linda

Ticket Information
General admission: $60/ticket
Limited number of tickets available
Sold online only until sold out
Tickets will not be sold at the door

Program Information
5:30-6:30 PM: Appetizers and Small Plates catered by Chef MHAT, Cash Bar, and Wine Pull
6:30-8:00 PM: Storytelling and Recognition of Honorees
Photography by Fullness of Joy Photography
Video Recording by One Studio, LLC

Our Courage & Cancer: Evening of Stories honorees, Callanan Industries and the Mechanicville Stillwater Breast Cancer Walk are both longtime supporters and champions of the NYOH Community Cancer Foundation.  Please join us in celebrating and recognizing them at the event!

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors




Jackie Gorski | In memory of Big Al
Dr Anthony and Deborah Monticello
Bob Kelly | SEFCU Mortgage Services, a subsidiary of Broadview Federal Credit Union
Walrath Recruiting | In memory of Gabrielle Gurney


Brickhouse Insurance Agency
Capital Security
The Cooley Group
Fort Orange Press
Gavant Software
GIG Systems
Marquis Home Care
Repeat Business Solutions

Additional Thank Yous: All Star Wine and Liquor, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse, Hill & Markes, Harney and Sons Fine Teas, Honest Weight Food Co-op, Krause’s Homemade Chocolates, Send Me Waffles, Specialty Wines & More, Stacks Espresso Bar; as well as the numerous NYOH employees who generously donated wine for the Wine Pull.

Thank You to Our Honorary Event Committee

Dr Courtney Bellomo
Andrea and William Breen
Dr Rufus and Tracy Collea
Dr Arsyl D De Jesus: In memory of my father, Dr Robert Dulay, who cared for cancer patients for 40 years and courageously died of it in 2013
Daniela DeThomasis: In memory of Larry DeThomasis, Sr
Todd and Jillane Doyle
Cindy Ferrari and Bryan Thomas: In memory of Kathleen Schrempf Kane
Frances Ford and Matthew Cirincione: In memory of Mary Ellen Ford
Mary Frances and Donald Ford: In memory of Mary Ellen Ford
Rachel and Chris Gilker: With gratitude to all who do so much to support so many
Ellen Gokey: To the individuals that I have been honored to know and hear their stories in Palliative Care visits at NYOH
Jackie Gorski: In memory of Big Al

Dr Michael & Linda Hall: In memory of Betty Townley
Patti & Jim Hensel: In honor of Jordan M
Nicole & Jeffrey Horowitz
Will Lively
Paul & Sabrina Mosseau: Cheers to the beauty of storytelling!
Drs Karen L Tedesco and John DeFrancisco
Dr & Mrs Mihir Raval
Mary Alice & Frank Riley: In honor of my husband, Frank
Rachel Hye Youn Rupright and Alexander Monticello
Tricia Stott: In memory of my Grandmother and Aunt – and their courageous battles with breast cancer
Christopher and Molly Tocin: In honor of Megan Ortolano, Melinda Mack, Brian Myers and all who have fought or are continuing the fight! In memory of Dot Tocin and all of our close family who have passed
Lisbet Williams
Dr Mohamad Younes and Hana Younes

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                 Event Committee        
Kristy Clement               Dawn Vyvial
Frances Ford                   Takara Wiles
Jackie Gorski                   Lisbet Williams
Molly Tocin