Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to push his Get Screened, No Excuses Campaign.
On Monday Cuomo will sign legislation that requires hospitals to expand screening hours and eliminate obstacles that prevent women from diagnostic imaging. He will also launch the first statewide breast cancer motorcycle ride to raise awareness for breast cancer in New York State.
“Early detection is the best possible treatment for breast cancer, but far too many women face burdensome scheduling and insurance barriers that prevent them from gaining access to the diagnostic services they need and deserve,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State has put forward the most robust plan in the nation to eliminate those hurdles and ensure that nothing stands in between women and their health and we will continue to build on these efforts. When Sandy was diagnosed, she fortunately caught it early and used her story to spread the word that getting screened can truly make a lifetime of difference. This ride is about spreading awareness and sending that message loud and clear, because when it comes to getting screened for cancer, waiting is simply not worth the risk.”
Hundreds are joining Cuomo on the ride which begins in Kings Park on Long Island. Supporters include Sandra Lee and Billy Joel. Harley Davidson has donated a custom motorcycle for Governor Cuomo to use during the ride. Afterwards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will auction off the bike to raise money to cure and prevent the illness.