05/19/2022 – 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
On Thursday, May 19th, the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation invited friends and supporters to join them at the “Shady Shakedown” at Garden City Country Club. Kicking off Melanoma Awareness Month, cowboys and cowgirls were able to enjoy real home-style ribs from “Buddy’s Bar-B-Q” and lively country music from “Unwind.” GCHS Students Katie Sarkis and Naia Sampieri were very helpful volunteering their skills at the 50/50.
Cara Biggane introduced Elizabeth Hashagen, who is a well known Channel 12 morning news anchor and winner of 13 emmy awards. She generously shared her personal story of skin cancer, reminding the audience of the importance of how lucky she was to discover a spot that just didn’t go away. By sharing her story with her TV audience, Elizabeth was able to encourage countless others to follow-up and get to the dermatologist for that critical skin check.
Through video, Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon, delivered a very inspiring talk. She stressed how melanoma still can rob young people of life. She told the story of 36 year-old Bob Marley, legendary reggae singer, Bryan Bonin, 33 Commack High School winning coach, and 20 year-old college sophomore Mollie Biggane who all lost their battle with the disease. Dr. Kavita paid tribute to the Biggane Family for their 20 plus years of working to educate the public that skin cancer prevention and early detection can save lives.