About

Mission

Sustain Inspire Survive (SIS) is committed to improving the quality of life of patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

Board of Directors

Kenneth Graci

Profession: Financial Planner

Why I support SIS: Ken is no stranger to giving back. In addition to lending his financial expertise to SIS in the board officer position of treasurer, he is also involved with other organizations in the community, including one organization dedicated to restoring dilapidated houses into livable homes for families in need. He serves on the board of directors of the local Financial Planning Association. At home, he loves spending time with his wife and family – for they are his most important investment.

Mark Gunther

Profession: Attorney

Why I Support SIS: Mark Gunther joined the board in 2011 after recognizing SIS’s commitment to the local community and the direct and dramatic impact its grants have on so many people with nowhere else to turn. He was particularly impressed with SIS’s simple yet effective philosophy. Mark is a practicing attorney and lifelong Rochester resident. When he isn’t working, Mark enjoys physical fitness, traveling and fishing.

Dr. Marilyn Ling

Profession: Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester, and practices at Pluta Cancer Center.

Why I Support SIS: She is known for being actively involved in finding the best treatment modalities and lifestyle modifications to help breast cancer patients cope with their situations, emerge from treatment as successfully as possible, and live their lives with a lessened threat of cancer recurrence. Dr. Ling has given numerous presentations at local educational and fundraising events, and has been featured in the Democrat & Chronicle and Rochester Woman Magazine. She has been a Board Member of SIS since its inception. She resides in Pittsford with her husband Dr. Leway Chen, a cardiologist, and their three children.

Ali(ce) Loveys

Profession: Chief Medical Information Officer, IT in Practice Consulting and Pediatrician

Why I support SIS: I support SIS because I have witnessed first-hand how a medical diagnosis can upend people’s lives. SIS can provide much needed financial support so patients and their families can focus on their treatments and getting back to health.

Lizanne Zamites

Profession: Human Resources professional at a local university

Why I Support SIS:

SIS is about the patients. This disease knows no race, no gender, no economic status. Everyone knows someone impacted by breast cancer. My mother lost her battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma (cancer)at age 59, so I have seen first-hand the toll it takes on the patient and the impact on the family.

Lizanne has been a volunteer with SIS since 2007, and on the board since 2013.  Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Lizanne is a passionate sports fan with allegiances to the Super Bowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers, as well as the Bills and Sabres.

Tracey Britton

Profession:: Tracey is employed at Monroe Community College as a counselor in Student Services.

Why I Support SIS:

Tracey was introduced to SIS through the SIS Paddle Tournament.  As a breast cancer survivor, she was seeking opportunities to give back and support women on their personal journeys confronted by this diagnosis.  She is grateful to be part of an organization with the mission of providing financial support to women enduring breast cancer.  Tracey joined the board in the summer of 2016 and is truly looking forward to dedicating her time and energy to such a positive organization that provides support to help diminish additional burdens during a time when a focus needs to be maintained on one’s health.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Kim Nguyen Bender

Profession: Software Project Manager and Team Lead

Why I Support SIS:

I survived Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer when I was 20 years old. Going through something like that, and surviving it, made me want to give back and help those locally dealing with any kind of cancer treatment. I can relate to their experience – battles of chemotherapy, life-changing decisions and maturity, and financial instabilities that run in parallel with the physical and emotional tolls.

I wanted to shoulder that burden a little for someone else. Coming across a link to breast cancer led me to volunteer for SIS, a cause that helps others going through a similar fate.

Just the smallest support can make such a difference in someone who is struggling to find hope and any ounce of optimism to carry them through the most difficult and unexplainable trials.

I am so happy to be in a position where I can help others who are experiencing what I went through and would love to do what I can to touch the lives of more!

Hamidah(Idah) Mansor

Profession:  Retired Business Manager

Why I Support SIS:

As I went through my breast cancer treatment in 2016 and 2017, I understand how difficult a medical diagnosis can overwhelm a family life. Cancer can happen to anyone, without regard to wealth or age or where you are from. I want to give support to those who are indeed of financial help while going through the cancer treatment process. My goal is to help SIS become bigger to help all cancer patients in financial need. I retired from Xerox Corp at the end of 2015. My hobby includes gardening and hiking. I love to travel with my husband, and enjoy spending time with our two sons and their families.