The Importance of the Breast Biopsy

Annual mammograms and any recommended biopsies are crucial to identifying breast cancer early, and early detection can lead to better outcomes.

Middlesex Health uses a special breast biopsy system to perform stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided biopsies at its Radiology locations. These image-guided biopsies allow the radiologist to obtain a small tissue sample for laboratory testing and are less invasive than  a surgical biopsy. 

Using computer guidance, these biopsies can pinpoint the exact location of a breast abnormality, are less invasive than a surgical biopsy and leave little scarring and require minimal recovery time. In addition, image-guided biopsies can be performed in less than an hour, and a small marker is left in place to easily identify the previously biopsied areas on future mammograms.

“Image-guided biopsies are a crucial part of breast cancer screening and diagnosis,” says Dr. Sarah O’Connell, a radiologist and chief of breast imaging at Middlesex Health. “Biopsies identify whether cancer is present and help ensure that appropriate treatment begins as soon as possible.”   

At Middlesex Health’s Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook, a component of the breast biopsy system was at the end of its life and no longer supported by its manufacturer. It needed to be replaced, and that’s where Sails Up 4 Cancer came in. 

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut that is dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention, care and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing. It generously covered the $20,000 cost, which paid for Middlesex’s new breast biopsy system, as well as the needles that are needed to use it. 

Sails Up 4 Cancer raised the money during a charity regatta on the Connecticut River that was organized by five local sailing organizations: Essex, Essex Corinthian, Duck Island, Frostbite and Pettipaug Yacht Club. It also raised money at the Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex.

Bob Davis, CEO and founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer, is a two-time cancer survivor and thanks Ruth Emblin and Carter Gowrie for helping to raise money for this project. They played significant roles in the 2022 Gowrie Group Connecticut River One-Design Regatta, and their dedication and fundraising skills enabled them to help Sails Up 4 Cancer support Middlesex Health in this way. Overall, the collective efforts of the participating yacht clubs, the Sails Up 4 Cancer Board of Directors and the Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex made this grant possible.

Davis applauds Middlesex Health for earmarking this donation to enhance the health system’s ability to diagnose breast cancer with the image-guided biopsy system.

Middlesex Health performs about 130 image-guided breast biopsies at its Shoreline Medical Center each year and is grateful to Sails Up 4 Cancer for its support.

“Identifying, treating and beating cancer is a collaborative effort,” says Ryann Nocereto, director of Middlesex Health Cancer Center. “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, and Sails Up 4 Cancer’s support will go a long way in ensuring that Middlesex Health patients get the care they need when they need it for many more years to come.”

More About Mammograms and Breast Biopsies

It is recommended that all women 40 and older get routine mammograms. If you have a high risk of breast cancer, a medical provider may recommend that screening begin at a younger age.

It is important to note that the state of Connecticut recently expanded insurance coverage for follow-up testing recommended after a mammogram, including breast biopsies. In the past, additional testing often resulted in out-of-pocket costs for patients. Beginning in January, this changed. Commercial insurance carriers can no longer impose cost-sharing measures on certain services. Please check with your insurance provider if you have specific questions about your coverage. 


Holmgren Subaru chooses SU4C for Share the Love Partner for Hometown Charity

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to part of the Subaru America Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru, 3 New Park Ave, N. Franklin, CT.

This year, sharing the love is more important than ever.

Over the last 14 years, the Subaru Share the Love Event, Subaru of America Inc. & its participating retailers have donated more than $227 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national charities and over 1,700 hometown charities. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 17, 2022 through January 3, 2023, to the purchaser’s choice of four national charities designated by the purchaser: ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America®, Meals On Wheels Association of America®, and the National Park Foundation, and at certain participating retailers, purchasers have an additional choice of a Hometown Charity (“Subaru Donation”).

SU4C, founded in 2011, is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation based in Mystic. Over the years SU4C has donated over $250,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, and individuals dealing with all types of cancer.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team has educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go but has chosen Sails Up 4 Cancer to keep their gift local within the community and supports the Sails Up mission,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.

Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived two cancers but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research and individual cancer care. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.

“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.”


Over $58,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the Gowrie Group CT River One-Design Regatta presented by Cooper Specialty Salvage

Over $80,000 was raised in conjunction with the CT Spring Boat Show at Safe Harbor Essex Island the same weekend.

Essex, CT (June 30, 2022) – The fund raising tally is in for the 2022 Gowrie Group CT River Regatta One Design Regatta, held this year on April 30th. $58,000.00 was raised through sailing team’s, entry fees, the fundraising party and the silent and live auctions. This event was put on by five area Club’s, the Essex, Essex Corinthian, Duck Island, Frostbite and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs in conjunction with over 38 corporate or individual sponsors.

Anne Edgley of Duck Island YC, Event Treasurer, Bob Davis, Sails Up for Cancer and Ruth Emblin, of Duck Island and Essex Corinthian YC and Event Chair do the “Big Check” presentation. Photo Credit: WindCheck Magazine

The 6th Connecticut Spring Boat Show, held the same weekend, raised an additional $23,000 through Show ticket sales and Exhibitors from the Show contributing products and services to the Regatta’s auctions. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), is a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research.

“Sails Up 4 Cancer would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity. It was a stellar weekend for us. All of our events for 2020 had to be canceled and in 2021 we were just crawling back. We are so excited to be the beneficiary of the Regatta and the Show. And as we promised, the funds raised will go to help regional organizations in their efforts to beat cancer.” said Bob Davis, President and Founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer.

Ruth Emblin, Chair of the Regatta and Vice Commodore of the Duck Island Yacht Club, said “The outpouring of support in terms of numbers of people and organizations is truly gratifying. And while we probably can’t top the gorgeous spring weather we had this year, next year we think we can keep building on this success. Thanks to all volunteers and to the sponsors who made the event happen!”

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For Further information: Bob Davis, Sails Up 4 Cancer: Rdavis@su4c.org • www.su4c.org


Lawrence + Memorial Hospital accepts gift from Sails Up 4 Cancer

NEW LONDON, CT (Jan. 18, 2021) Lawrence + Memorial Hospital (L+M) announced today the receipt of a $10,000 grant from Sails Up 4 Cancer that will provide high quality patient-centered care to cancer patients.

Specifically the grant will enable the hospital to assist patients by providing access to transportation to and from the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Waterford for treatment and physician appointments.

The grant will also provide vouchers to cancer patients who are facing food insecurity during their treatment. They will have the ability to receive nutritious foods during their cancer journey.

Funds are also earmarked for a patient exercise program to help promote optimal health and healing and a beauty boosters program that provides cosmetics and wigs to boost self-esteem and confidence for women during and after treatment.

“Our Smilow care team is dedicated to providing patients affected by cancer and blood disease with individualized, innovative, convenient and caring medical treatment,” said Christine Meola, vice president, Development at L+M. “This generous grant from Sails Up 4 Cancer will give our patients continued access to vital programs that truly make a difference in their cancer journey. This gift will inspire hope in many lives.”

Based in Mystic, Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer.


Sails Up 4 Cancer receives Chelsea Groton Foundation Grant

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is the proud recipient of a Chelsea Groton Foundation grant for 2020. The Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc. was established in 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million dollar donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has awarded over $3.8 million in grants to non-profit organizations in the Bank’s Connecticut and Rhode Island market areas.

Through grants such as this, Sails Up 4 Cancer is able to fulfill requests from many area families for financial assistance due to cancer related medical bills or loss of income due to illness. Additionally, SU4C fulfills requests from area organizations such as the L+M Cancer Center in Waterford, CT and Center for Hospice Care in Norwich, CT.

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer. Based in Mystic, SU4C is dedicated to cancer research and care; and thanks to Chelsea Groton can continue their mission.


Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this year’s Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Over the last twelve years, Subaru has donated over $170 million toward charities across the country. From November 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.

Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Mystic. Over the past nine years Sails Up has donated over $250,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, & cancer patients. Sails Up 4 Cancer is especially proud of its Spinnaker Fund which provides direct financial relief to individuals battling cancer.

Subaru of America, Inc. donated over $30 million to charitable partners during the twelfth annual “Share the Love” event in 2019. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $170 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign. Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin, CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased earlier this year, resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team has educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go but has chosen Sails Up 4 Cancer to keep their gift local within the community and supports the Sails Up mission,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.

Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived two cancers but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research and individual cancer care. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.

“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.” SU4C is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.

 Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & Wellness Expo on the weekend of June 18-19, 2021 at Mystic Shipyard.

For more information, please visit. www.SU4C.org 

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For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com • 860/536.5870


Holmgren Subaru Award $35k to Sails Up 4 Cancer

Sails Up 4 Cancer is beyond proud and grateful to be the beneficiary of $35,000 from Holmgren Subaru. Holmgren Subaru has always been a community-minded dealership and they have stepped up their generosity even more during this unprecedented time in our world.

The Corona Virus has changed our community in many ways but hope springs eternal as we fight the battle over this virus. While fighting the Corona virus is currently first and foremost on everyone’s minds, we also still have many cancer patients who need assistance from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Because of this incredible gift from the Holmgren Subaru Share the Love campaign, Sails Up 4 Cancer can continue uninterrupted grant funding through the Spinnaker fund. Financially-stressed cancer patients can apply for the Spinnaker fund to assist with day-to-day needs like groceries, rent and medical expenses. The collaboration with Holmgren Subaru and the annual Share the Love Campaign allows SU4C to provide funding for families and patients in New London county. Holmgren Subaru has been integral in the success of the Spinnaker Fund which SU4C is extremely proud of. This Fund has been specifically tailored to individuals and families suffering financial hardship as a result of the loss of income due to their struggles with cancer. Sails Up realizes that the last thing a cancer patient needs is additional stress as a result of this predicament. There are not many places to turn for assistance and Sails Up, with assistance from the Share the Love revenue, is proud to help fill this void.

“The Holmgren team and family have long been supporters of Sails Up 4 Cancer. We appreciate the organization for its unique niche in bringing much needed financial support directly to cancer patients and not through a third party,” said Eric Holmgren, president of Holmgren Subaru. Eric Holmgren is an avid boater and dear friend to Bob Davis, President and founder of SU4C. Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and has an intimate relationship with cancer and cancer patients. Eric, and his wife Dawn, along with the Holmgren Family and the staff at Holmgren Subaru, believes that because of Davis’ experience with two cancers and his personal empathy with the agony that patients endure, he is the perfect person to address their needs. Having lived through the stress of cancer and loss of income, Davis is in a formidable position to support those suffering with the hidden effects and stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

“We cannot just provide lip service to those in need of financial assistance. We must heed the call and respond effectively and efficiently in sending financial relief,” explained Davis, “Imagine receiving a check from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Not a check large enough to cure your cancer or pay off your mortgage or satisfy all your bills. But maybe just enough to alleviate some financial stress – maybe just enough to know there is an organization that identifies with your issues and is here to help. Some people feel forgotten, helpless and lose all hope. Sails Up 4 Cancer is here and cares deeply.

For Further information: Bob Davis, Sails Up 4 Cancer, Rdavis@su4c.org – www.su4c.org


Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this years Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Subaru has donated over $147 million toward charities across the country. From November 14, 2019 until January 2, 2020 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.
Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation based in Mystic. Over the past eight years Sails Up has donated over $225,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, and individuals dealing with all types of cancer.
Subaru of America, Inc. donated over $27.5 million to charitable partners during the eleventh annual “Share the Love” event in 2018. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $147 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign.
Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin, CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased earlier this year; resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.
“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go… Wounded Warrior Project, ASPCA and many other national charities but Holmgren believes in Sails Up and wanted to see the gift stay local,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.
Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived cancer but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.
“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.”
SU4C is a non profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.
Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & wellness weekend, June 26-27, 2020 at Mystic Shipyard For more information, please visit. https://su4c.org

###For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com – 860/536.5870


Kindness in Real Life: Davis keeps Sails Up in cancer fight

Bob Davis of Niantic has both survived cancer and thrived with cancer.

In 2004, Bob and his wife, Karen, spent her birthday at the oncologist’s office, where he learned that he had Leukemia, more specifically, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). As scary as it was, he learned that if diagnosed with leukemia, CLL is the “best” one to have.

After six years of living with CLL, Bob had an endoscopy because of difficulty swallowing. Davis was told “not to worry, they would scope and dilate his esophagus and be better than new.” Upon waking up and asking how things looked, he received utter silence from his doctor.

Bob’s wife was called and the two of them met with the doctor who explained that he had found a cancerous tumor. Bob learned what it is to undergo chemotherapy and have the skin burned off your esophagus from twenty-eight fractions of radiation therapy. Simultaneously, he also learned to advocate for cancer care and how to seek out the best treatment available. And he became a beacon of hope for others undergoing cancer treatment when founded the charity Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) in the summer of 2010.

Despite Bob’s pain and agony, he endured. Bob is now in remission and he gives his time and energy to others. Most recently, Bob assisted in establishing the Spinnaker fund.

By definition, the spinnaker is a sail used when sailing with the wind behind your back. Sails Up 4 Cancer acts as that wind. The Spinnaker Fund is to encourage and support those battling cancer and undergoing expensive treatments. As expenses grow and income is lost, this fund alleviates the stress associated with financial hardships.

Bob’s enthusiasm for life is palpable, and he recognizes that his successful battle with cancer is an everyday blessing for him and for all those who know him. He continues at the helm of the organization he founded and continues to give back to his community via running events; organizing fund raisers and giving generously to L+M Hospital and the Center for Hospice Care among others.

In addition to founding and presiding over Sails Up 4 Cancer, and establishing the Spinnaker Fund, Bob is also a four-time leading fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Connecticut Regattas.