Our very own Linda Bily was recognized for her tireless support and advocacy for cancer patients in June when the Linda Bily Patient Advocacy Fund was announced at National Cancer Survivors Day on June 8.

The fund, which will focus on the psychosocial support of our cancer patients, is a direct result of Linda’s ongoing work and volunteerism.

As Cancer Patient Advocacy & Community Outreach Coordinator, Linda is involved in communities that network together and bring services to those beyond our Cancer Center.

Linda began volunteering many years before she joined the Cancer Center staff.  In 2004, she received the Maffetone Community Service award.  A long-time employee at Stony Brook University Hospital, Linda filled a new role in the Cancer Center about four years ago.

Linda serves on the Board of Directors of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for Suffolk County. The group reaches out to communities on Long Island as far East as Sag Harbor and West into Nassau County.

She organizes a group of more than 100 volunteers every year for National Cancer Survivors’ Day and has been involved with the Walk for Beauty in Stony Brook village for many years.

Linda is also involved in bringing creative art to our patients through Livestrong grants. She leads the Cancer Advisory Board, a group that meets quarterly. She also managed to have a bus donated and painted to transport patients who do not have the means to travel to the Cancer Center.

“We needed somebody to get more support groups going, we needed somebody to work on transportation and the festivities. So I did a lot of this before it was my paycheck. It’s my passion,” she said.