Diane Gerstner Memorial Scholarship 


Diane Gerstner was a teacher’s aide in Mineola School District and had two sons, who graduated Mineola High School. She was active in the community, loved by peers, friends and family. She battled breast cancer for 4 years but lost the battle and passed away in 2008. In her name and for the other's in our family who have suffered from this dreaded disease, we operate a breast cancer charity called We’re Fighting Back, Inc. 


Requirements for Scholarship: 
    -You must be a High School senior living on Long Island.
   -You have been affected by breast cancer in some way. 
   -You must be going into college. 

To apply, please click this link and fill out the form.

Any questions please email James Gerstner at jfg97@msn.com.


If you would like to donate to our cause, please send a check made out to We're Fighting Back, Inc. to 44 Dorset Ave., Albertson, NY 11507.

Click here to Make a Donation

The funds you donate will go directly to support of local families suffering from breast cancer.  



Dear friends and supporters,


Thank you for your continued support of We’re Fighting Back. Together we have raised over $200,000.00 in the past nine years! 


In addition to providing support to neighbors and friends who are suffering through treatment of breast cancer, we have funded a scholarship to help with college expenses for families who have suffered with breast cancer. This year we provided scholarships to five students who helped their families while their mom's or grandmother's went through breast cancer treatment.  

Click here for some of Last years prizes


Our Tenth Annual Charity event will be another great party!  We will have all of the great raffles, dinner, dancing and fun. The party will be on Friday Night, October 26th from 7:00 to 11:00 at the Mineola Knights of Columbus. 


Book early as we expect a sellout! The evening will include a buffet dinner and all the beer, wine and soda you can drink. We request a donation of $50.00 per person for the evening. 


We’re Fighting Back, Inc. is a family charity started by Michelle Pagano over 20 years ago. We raise money through raffles, donations and sales which is entirely donated for breast cancer research and to help families affected by this dreaded disease. 


Please visit our website at WWW.WEREFIGHTINGBACK.COM and reserve your seat or, if you wish, make a donation. You can pay by credit card or PayPal. If you prefer, you can write a check payable to We’re Fighting Back, Inc. and send it to 44 Dorset Ave., Albertson, NY 11507. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us at njg@msn.com


Thank you all for your support,

Michelle Pagano
Norbert Gerstner


A pink ribbon stands for family and friends too many to count.
For strength no disease can ever surmount
It celebrates grace in the shadow of pain
Bringing us together in an unbreakable chain
A symbol of hope and our goal, which is pure
Never to rest until we find a cure
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