Annie McGarry tells us why fundraising for women’s health at Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) is meaningful to her. Annie and her colleague, Caitlin Saxtein are co-captains of team Mind Over Miles. This will be their third year participating in the East End walk.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my role as a speech pathologist is being part of an amazing team at the department level, within Peconic Bay Medical Center and Northwell.
What inspired you to participate in the Northwell Health Walk? How long have you been participating?
Our team is motivated to raise money for women's wellness initiatives, specifically, cancer services. We have several team members who have been through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many of us also have loved ones or friends who have struggled with a cancer diagnosis.
Since the commencement of our Walk in 2017, funds raised for the women's wellness component has benefitted the breast cancer hardship fund through our Cancer Services Department. The breast cancer hardship fund offers temporary financial assistance to women who experience economic hardship during breast cancer treatment. The program assists with covering basic living expenses such as rent, utility bills, food shopping and transportation.
This is our third year walking as a team for the East End walk at Tanger and it is rewarding to know this money will help those who are in need in our community, since the money raised here stays here!
Why is it important to you to give back to Northwell?
We are all part of a team. At some point in our lives we all need some help. When someone is struggling or going through a hard time, the simplest gestures or help can go a long way. As we spend such a significant time of our day at work, it benefits us all to feel connected to our colleagues!
How do you motivate others to donate to your Walk team?
This can be challenging as everyone is very different in how they get motivated or respond to motivation. We have tried to make sure everyone feels involved and participates in any way they can. We aim to make fundraising interesting. Our most recent event was an Easter egg hunt. We did this last year and many employees were eagerly awaiting the hunt this year. Although there was a lot of work into the planning, on the day all were excited about the event and happy to give out many prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants, wine baskets and more!
What Matters Most to you as an employee at Northwell Health?
What matters most is feeling supported and appreciated. We have an amazing organization and administrators here who support our events and ideas and are genuinely happy with our successes.