Albany, NY — NYS Senate Republican Conference Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference had a big ‘SuePrise’ for Senator Sue Serino, who recently announced that she’s battling early stage breast cancer. Every member wore a special shirt emblazoned with “#SerinoStrong” while in Albany or virtually via Zoom to let a longtime member of the conference family know she’s loved and supported.
The special moment was captured on video as Leader Ortt escorted the unsuspecting Senator Serino into a room of her colleagues, who sported white tees with the special message in pink.
“We wanted to find a way to let Sue know how important she is to all of us, and how much we care about her. Sue has inspired all of us by dealing with breast cancer and continuing the fight for her community. Her Senate family wants her to know she’s not alone in her fight,” said Leader Ortt.
The emotional moment brought tears to the eyes of everyone, who witnessed the strength of Senator Serino, who is going through radiation treatments five days a week and who arrived in Albany to stand up for her district.
“I don’t have the words to express the full depth of my gratitude for the amount of support I’ve received during this time. My colleagues truly went above and beyond and I am so touched. It is my hope that if ever they’re wearing these t-shirts back in their home districts, they can serve as an important opportunity to help share my message with other New Yorkers: now is the time to put your health first. Make the appointment, follow through and make time for the health screenings that can make all the difference,” said Senator Serino.
Earlier this month, Senator Serino shared her diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a form of non-invasive, early stage breast cancer. She encouraged the public to continue routine health screenings that they might have put off due to COVID-19.
You can watch the big ‘SuePrise’ here.