SHAREing & CAREing was founded May 7, 1994 by Anna Kril, Carol Scarano, Lucille Hartmann and Mary Demakos to serve and support women diagnosed with and treated for breast and other cancer exclusive to women. They offer a wide range of services ranging from providing transportation for women undergoing treatment to pharmaceutical assistance and hair prosthetics to breast cancer educational outreach to schools, churches and civic organizations and support group meetings. Since their creation in 1994, they have helped so many women in finding treatment, and comforting them in their final days.
Anna Kril is one of the founders of SHAREing and CAREing, an organization started by a group of survivors who wanted to help those who suffer with this disease and instill in them the belief that one can never lose hope. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, she made a promise to herself that she would turn this diagnosis into something positive. Anna saw how fortunate she was to have a support network of friends, family and physicians to help her overcome the challenge but she realized that many others were not as fortunate. New York City, specifically Queens, did not offer services for those affected by breast cancer beyond the clinical setting. While her accomplishments and accolades are vast, Anna continually strives to advocate for those who need it most. In the coming years she wants the ability to share with and assist more individuals in their struggles and would like to reach out to the younger generations so that they are better informed. “No one should suffer alone. Practical needs must be met with the individual and family receiving support during treatment and while in remission.”
For years Anna Zabniak worked in health care, as an assistant for a prominent, local physician. Always one to advocate for the patient, she was deeply loved by both the staff and patients. When her daughter-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, she witnessed firsthand, the devastating effects if has on the individual and the family.
Eartha Washington has over 31 years of professional experience and is a vital asset to SHAREing and CAREing. As vice president, Eartha is in charge of providing cancer survivors and their families support through lecturing and counseling services and offering educational services to the general public.
Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, ACE, MA, returns to SHAREing & CAREing in January 2016 as Program Manager. She brings over 20 years of experience helping others as a therapist, teacher, and program director. Merryl takes a holistic point of view, integrating her expertise as a licensed clinical social worker, art therapist, certified holistic health coach, writer and personal trainer to provide support to individuals newly diagnosed, in active treatment, survivors, caregivers, and families and friends.