ToLife! Gala

The Gala

To Life!’s annual spring fundraising event, “Honoring the Women in our Lives”, is a warm, friendly evening with friends. Generally held the first Tuesday evening in May at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy, NY. A showcase of area restaurants and a silent auction provide a festive backdrop for recognition of those who help women and families in our area who have been affected by breast cancer. A brief formal program includes presentation of awards and film highlights from To Life! events held throughout the year. Funding opportunities include corporate sponsorship, honorary committee participation and general ticket sales. All proceeds are used to fund To Life!’s extensive education programs, support services and wellness programs held throughout the year.

Highlights of our 2014 Gala include paying tribute to two members of our community who make a difference in the lives of individuals living with and affected by breast cancer.

The “Extra Mile Award” to Arsyl DeJesus, MD, NY Oncology Hematology

Dr. Maria Arsyl De Jesus is a radiation oncologist at New York Oncology Hematology’s Amsterdam Cancer Center. Since joining NYOH six years ago, Dr. De Jesus has built a loyal following of breast cancer patients, who praise her combination of professional and personal commitment to those in her care. It is a combination she learned early – and from a very important teacher.


The “You’re an Angel Award” to Diane Keasbey, RN OCN, St. Peter’s Health Partners

Diane Keasbey found that a whole new world opened up once she completed her nursing education 20 years ago. Early work with oncology patients, followed by work experience in related medical areas prepared Diane for her current position as the Community Outreach Nurse with St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Care Center.