Most cancer counseling today take place over the Internet. Scores of charities offer advice via emails, texting and chat rooms. Fighting Chance is different. We emphasize a “boots on the ground” approach – meaning our counselors are all in a central office you can visit them for face-to-face discussion. Our model also emphasizes a regional service area – the East ern End of Long Island, comprising some 600 square miles. But within that area, our counselors know every village and hamlet and have grass roots intelligence about locating the hard-to-find resources patients may need.
KARRIE ROBINSON, LCSW
Director of Clinical Programs and Senior Oncology Social Worker
In 2017, Karrie will be celebrating her 12th year of service at Fighting Chance, after spending 15 years as an oncology social worker at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. At MSK whe was Director of Post-Treatment Resource Programs.
WILLIAM DISCIPIO, PhD
Executive Director & Senior Clinical Advisor
"Dr. Bill” – as he is affectionately know by patients and fellow staff, is a clinical psychologist who joined Fighting Chance in 2008, after a distinguished 25 yeatr career as a faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Among Bill’s many accomplishments at Fighting Chance are the launch of an Hispanic Outreach support group and a wellness initiative that includes weekly yoga and chorus classes attended by some 30 cancer patients.
EMILY MARCUS, LMSW
Emily joined Fighting Chance in 2012 to help us expand our oncology social work counseling into some of the large cancer care clinics. She has a weekly presence in those clinics, as well as seeing patients in our Sag Harbor office.
Certified Cancer Patient Navigator
Nancy, who has been with Fighting Chance since 2010 is a certified graduate of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in New York City, which is a division of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care. Within the healthcare system there are a score of barriers, mainly, complex “red tape” that blocks patients from receiving the medical care they need. Nancy is trained to understand those barriers, why they exist, and how to best navigate around them.
Volunteer Coordinator and Data Management Specialist Jessica has two main jobs at Fighting Chance. First she is responsible for the functionality and updating of our website, and secondly she recruits, oversees and gives out assignments to our sizeable corps of volunteers.
DUNCAN DARROW, ESQ.
After a 40-year career as a Wall Street lawyer, Duncan learned something about the craft of “advocacy,” which he is frequently asked to practice on behalf of Fighting Chance patients. A patient advocate becomes involved in the cancer care process when there is a potential contentious relationship, usually between a patient and a health care provider.
BENEFIT OF COUNSELING
Our counseling sessions provide patients with rapid relief from the crippling conditions that come with most cancer – insecurity, hyper anxiety, and depression. Before long, the patients have regained their poise and positive attitude – which will serve them well on their cancer journey.