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Pink Flags Fly High

October 2nd, 2017


West Islip, N.Y. - 350 pink flags were planted in the front lawn at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center on Sunday as the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition held its annual Pink Flags Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff. 

“We want those pink flags to fly high,” said Good Samaritan’s Chief Operating Officer, John McMurray. “We want to honor those who lost their lives and raise awareness so we can put an end to this terrible disease.”

150 people attended the ceremony in the Good Samaritan parking lot, which also featured members of the Good Samaritan Women’s Imaging Center, the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition and Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, who sponsored Sunday’s event.  There was also a performance by Vocal Motion, a choral group from West Islip High School. 

“It’s wonderful to see the community come together like this,” said Mary Anne Iannizoto, a member of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition who also served as MC of the event. “There’s so much support for the breast cancer community in West Islip. We can’t wait to come back and make next year’s event even bigger!”

The event, which is in its seventh year, was designed as way to celebrate family and friends in the West Islip community whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Those in attendance were able to purchase a ribbon either “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” to support their loved ones.  The ribbons and flags will remain at Good Samaritan for the entire month of October.  For more information on the Pink Flags event and the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition, please visit

 Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.  The Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. Good Samaritan has more than 3,500 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2015.  For more information on the Medical Center and the services offered, please visit