At a time when few were addressing the mental and emotional impact of being diagnosed with cancer, Racine set out to attempt to offset its ravaging side effects and provide solace, integrity and support to its community members stricken with this disease. In that time, the program has grown to become a safe haven for patient’s emotional well being, as well as an important supportive resource center within our community. It has also helped hundreds of women deal with their affliction in a gentle and proactive way.
By attending to the whole person and not just the disease, Mondays at Racine offers people suffering with cancer the opportunity to face the challenge of healing…beautifully!
By creating a national movement providing education and programs that work alongside conventional medical protocols, millions of people all over the country and world will be able to heal more effectively.
Hope & Care:
To raise awareness and instill a sense of hope while our clients undergo treatment and provide outstanding care.
Responsibility & Integrity:
Making all of our decisions based on the needs of our program and staying true to our vision. Showing responsibility with actions and follow through on promises.
Honesty & Gratitude:
Acting with transparency, respect and dignity to all. Giving authentic gratitude to all of our donors, sponsors, clients and volunteers for they are the key to this program.
Teamwork & Community Support:
To effectively work with one another to achieve a high standard of excellence in service. To create a safe haven and resource center for our community to rely on.
John Muratori, MD
Physician/Owner; Ocean Family Medicine, LLC Bay Shore, New York Director of Family Medicine Southside Hospital, Bay Shore NY
Jennifer Carpenter Low
Director of Marketing and Advancement Operations at Long Island University
Executive Director, Global Financial Compliance at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Dr. Vito Joseph Rizzo
Founder 21st Foot Care, P.C Bay Shore, NY
Past President New York State Podiatric Medical Association
Andrea Rubin-de-Cervens, Esq.
Attorney at Law Law Office of Andrea Rubin-de-Cervens, Esq East Islip, NY
George Raptis, MD
Chief of Division – Chief of the Division of Oncology,
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Benjamin Schwartz, MD
Medical Director, Island Gynecologic Oncology
The president of Mondays at Racine, Cynthia has 3 decades in the beauty industry under her belt, and is delighted to bring her knowledge and passion to the expansion of this 10 year program. She continues to research different healing modalities to offer her clients who are undergoing chemo and radiation. “Seeing smiles replace tears makes it all worth it.”
The vice president of MAR, Rosemary also performs as an esthetician at Racine. “When we started this program, over 10 years ago, i knew two things for sure: one, that I would be part of the beginning of something amazing, and two, that I could really affect peoples lives in a beautiful way. What I didn’t realize is what it would do to my soul. My clients are not only clients, I consider them my friends and part of the ‘Mondays at Racine quilt’. I have been given a gift by each and every one of them every time we meet.”
As the Executive Director, Karla works tirelessly to create a safe and supportive community for those undergoing treatment for cancer to come to feel better about themselves (inside and out). Since opening their doors in 2004, she has played an integral role in the day-to-day operation and overall development/growth for Mondays at Racine. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing and creating the strategic communications and marketing initiatives for the organization in addition to fundraising development/activities such as the Annual Health Symposium and Long Island Beauty Ball for Cancer, for which Karla is the founder and Chairperson.
Rachel’s love of all things beauty led to the opening of Racine Salon & Spa in Islip in 1994. By 2003, with a thriving business and utilizing the resources at Racine Salon, Rachel, along with her sisters, co-founded Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Foundation. Over the last decade, the organization has grown significantly, going from one Monday a month to every Monday. Rachel also works closely with other salons on Long Island to cultivate and teach them how to successfully run their own Monday’s programs, with the overall goal of someday being able to provide “Mondays” to people all over the country.