October 09, 2013
John’s University’s Staten Island Campus hosted a Breast Cancer
Awareness Luncheon on Thursday, October 3 with special guest
speakers Peter Criss, founding member of the band KISS and Anthony
C. Ferreri, President and CEO of Staten Island University Hospital
and Executive Director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, both
breast cancer survivors.
his 2012 autobiography Make Up to Breakup: My Life in and Out of
Kiss and other work in dedication to the cause, Peter says he
is on a mission to spread the word about early detection for men
and women. In reference to his faith as a devout Roman Catholic,
Criss spoke about the importance of prayer throughout his journey
and that he believes God saved him so that he can spread the word
and help save others. For his efforts, the American Cancer Society
honored Peter as Humanitarian of the Year in March.
2008, Peter was diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon undergoing both
a lumpectomy and mastectomy, he is now cancer-free. He now hopes to be a role model in another
sense to help raise the public’s consciousness of the little-known
fact that men can get breast cancer too. As a high profile
celebrity with this cancer, Peter says he hopes his heavy metal
credentials will help mitigate the stigma around breast cancer for
Ferreri, a parent of two St. John’s alums, spoke at length about
early detection and the responsibility he has as a healthcare
administrator to raise awareness and provide necessary services to
the Staten Island community. Ferreri had a tumor that started in
his armpit that went undetected for almost 35 years until being
diagnosed after a physical. He then underwent chemotherapy and
radiation and is now cancer free as well.
Margaret A. Tierney RN, MS Ed ’02,
director of Student Health Services on Staten Island, stated that
St. John’s has been a participant in the Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer walk for nearly two decades and a Flagship
sponsor for over 10 years.
The event was
co-sponsored by Student Health Services, Chi Theta Omega
fraternity, and the Campus Activities Board.
the luncheon can be seen here: