After four long years of lobbying, Shannon’s Law, a legislation that will help identify breast cancer in women under 40, was passed by New York State.
The law, signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is named in honor of Babylon resident Shannon Saturno who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at 29 while pregnant with her daughter Siena. She died at 32.
On Wednesday at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst, several groups celebrated the passing of the law.
“When Shannon was first diagnosed she said she was going to make a difference,” said Shannon’s father, Gene Romanchuk, while tearing up at the press conference.
Shannon’s Law requires New York insurance companies to cover annual mammogram screenings for women between the ages 35 to 39.
Among the lawmakers to sponsor the bill was state Senator Monica Martinez.
“This is very meaningful because this is something the family has been working for the past four years, raising awareness, and educating the public that you need to get checked,” Martinez told GreaterBabylon.
According to her office, more than 12,000 cases of breast cancer are detected annual for woman under the age of 40.
The rest of Shannon’s family, as well as women advocacy groups like First Company Pink were relieved to see the passage of the bill.
“To lose my wife at 32 years old with a 2 and a half year old… nobody should have to do that, so this is a great start,” Kevin told ABC.
Top: Shannon’s family and daughter holding up a sign for Shannon’s Law at Babylon Town Hall on Wednesday.