Big Squeeze Weekend- Oct. 3 & 4 Saturday, October 3, 2015
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Big Squeeze Weekend raising funds for completion of Bassett Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center Renovation.

Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will feature its 16th annual "Big Squeeze Weekend" on Saturday, October 3.  The event is designed not only to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples but also to raise funds for the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network campaign to complete renovations of the Women´s Imaging Center at Bassett Medical Center.  All-day Saturday sales of fresh, sweet cider in both full gallons and halves will be donated to the Friends´ campaign.  
“The first phase of the Center’s renovation is complete with state-of-the-art tomography machines up and running and we look forward to completing the project by providing doctors and technicians the best tools and facility available to find cancer early,” says Josh Truman, Executive Director for the Friends.  

On Saturday a Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties´ Cancer Services Program (CSP) recruiter will be at the Mill providing information for free cancer screenings for uninsured women over 40 and uninsured men over 50.  For individuals who qualify for the CSP, there are no income requirements for the exams which include mammograms, pelvic, breast and pap tests at all Bassett Healthcare Clinics.  

"This successful Big Squeeze Weekend fundraiser is our way to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I lost my mom, dear friends and team members to breast cancer.  I´m proud to have our Mill help fund ongoing improvements to the Women´s Imaging Center.  The Center provides more than 6,000 mammograms and 3,000 ultrasounds each year with information essential to maintaining women´s health," states Brenda Michaels, co-owner of the Mill.

In addition the Mill will offer more than 8 different varieties of New York State-grown apples for sampling.  A Cornell University study has identified a dozen compounds in apple peels called triterpenoids that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures.  

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, located at 288 Goose Street in Fly Creek, NY, is just 3-miles from Cooperstown and 24-miles south of Herkimer.  For more Big Squeeze Weekend information visit their website at

To help the Friends of Bassett complete this important project, please contact the Friends of Bassett or make a gift at

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