Luis Abramson

Luis Abramson, Founder

My name is Luis Abramson; Founder of Cultivating Healing & Justice Initiative Support Services Inc. (CHJI) a Latino Prostate Cancer Survivor, A Husband, Dad of two, proud retired Law enforcement NYPD Officer, graduate from the New York City of Technology with a degree in Architectural Technology.

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I understand and recognized the impact of this illness affecting many of us and our families. I am aware of the many concerns from this type of Cancer and, I saw the opportunity, need and importance to provide information and support to other men walking the same walk similar as mine.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2020, unfortunately the Medical provider that requested my PSA test in the summer of 2019 did not follow up immediately to proceed with needed evaluations. My PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were going up after a series of blood work done. I was really concern not knowing what to do, and it was readily apparent there was inadequate support for men with Prostate Cancer diagnosis in my area, and I started to think how I could help remedy that and make a difference in many other men’s lives.

I participated in prostate cancer support groups in NYC and recognized not only their value, but also the importance on educating myself more before making a radical or unnecessary decision. The availability for this type of support group for men of all abilities was geographically, physically, and socially constrained in Orange County NY.

Virtual support groups appeared to resolve manythose constraints while in treatment and I started knocking on doors to find support to bring services to Men of all walks of life, finding themselves traveling long distances to find such support or just missing on the information and alone through this journey.Being a father of a boy with special needs, I decided to form “Cultivating Healing & Justice Initiative Support Services Inc.”, to promote education, prevention, support groups, peer groups and support to their families just like mine affected by both Cancer and Intellectual Developmental Disability.

I participated at the Family Advisory Council for LIFEPlan CCO NY, currently I am the Central Hudson Region NYS PTA Diversity Chair and in 2019 I was an award recipient for outstanding service by PULSES (Parents United Learning the Special Education System), I also participated with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and their award ceremony as a volunteer with my family. I strongly believe a different perspective can be conducive to creative solutions.

By providing this service I am contributing to society and to each and every man to learn more and to understand that early detection of Prostate Cancer will allow us to have more control over our health and emotional wellbeing to go on.

Board Members

Karen Abramson

Karen Abramson

Kirk Manning

Kirk Manning

Zoraida Joselyn Quintana

Zoraida Joselyn Quintana

Camila Mamani

Camila Mamani

Kevin Gomez

Kevin Gomez

Orlando Perez

Orlando Perez

Carly A. Tosh

Carly A. Tosh

Michael Kusi

Michael Kusi

Teresa Gilli

Teresa Gilli

Bella Paw

Bella Paw

Amanda Quintana

Amanda Quintana

Kayla Savely

Kayla Savely

Advisory Board Members

Wilfredo Ramos 

Wilfredo Ramos 

Siedha Holmes

Siedha Holmes

Medical Advisors

Samuel Abourbih, MD

Samuel Abourbih, MD

Vinayak Gorakhanath Wagaskar, MD

Vinayak Gorakhanath Wagaskar, MD

Dr. Michael Wald

Karen Abramson CEO/President- Karen Abramson

Mrs. Abramson was born in El Salvador and came to the Unites States where she became a US citizen and now with over 10 years of experience, committed to community transformation by improving the social-economic conditions of disadvantaged individuals and families. Through her expertise in community and social services, she fosters the importance of building community power through wellness. 

A wife of a Prostate Cancer Survivor, mom of two, her son diagnosed with Autism, she decided to help make a difference in the Cancer and Special Needs Community. She embarks in this new journey along with her husband trying to help, educate and to ease the fear of those that are experiencing or newly diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.

Her husband, Luis, was able to get a basic blood work. One of the things checked was his PSA level not being aware of Luis’s family medical history. When her husband was checked in 2019, his PSA was at 6, which is towards the normal end of the scale. But then, later blood tests found it started going up and up. By January of 2020 it hit 9.87! Luis was advised to see a urologist a biopsy was done confirming Prostate cancer. But as Luis’ PSA level kept rising the doctors did an MRI and saw a tumor. By the beginning of March, they did a bone scan and more studies.

A healthy husband with only 40 years of age, was now a man facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer, his surgery was cancelled twice due to the pandemic then he finally had his surgery at the end of June 2020.

Karen & Luis’ story could have turned out differently if Luis’s cancer had not been caught in the early stages. That early detection would not have happened without a simple test – which is why she count that blood draw her many blessings.

Karen understands because she has been there, she felt afraid and it is normal, now she is inviting you to contact them and let them help you, by participating in the men support groups, family services, helping fundraise for the “Love Care & Food Box” program that provides many different products and food that helps cover some extra financial expenses for the family affected by Prostate Cancer.

You didn’t choose this journey, but we hope CHJI will help you on the road ahead.

Kirk Manning Board Member – Kirk Manning

I have worked for close to thirty years in the education and behavioral field. I have master’s degrees in Psychology, Special Education and School Administration. I have several certificates as well as an advanced certificate in Behavior analysis. I have worked as a school administrator as well as providing individuals serves as part of a private practice. I am currently overseeing the behavioral needs for all the individuals in New York for the agency Ability Beyond. I am also the senior member on the behavior team on the CIHS (Community in Home Services) team for Orange County.

Zoraida Joselyn Quintana Board Member – Zoraida Joselyn Quintana

Zoraida, a Breast cancer survivor, has worked in diverse settings and job markets, successfully growing her career in the Social work field while passionately supporting her consumers she has dedicated many years to work with different populations, from Developmental Disabilities to Mental Health & HIV population. Zoraida also has experienced closely the unfortunate situation that two of her brothers experienced Prostate Cancer, living these experiences she is bringing to CHJI all her support, experience, and passion to help others. Zoraida, volunteers to support her community and for fun on her free time loves to saw, design, craft, and cook.

"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way."
Wayne Dyer

Camila Mamani Board Member – Camila Mamani

I graduated as a nurse from Argentina, and just moved recently to the United States, studied in Universidad of Buenos Aires. I actually started Medicine but after 2 years of college and doing volunteering in hospitals and impoverished neighborhoods in Buenos Aires I realized my passion was to be more involved and close to the patients and the community so I change my career to become a nurse.

Then life gave me my first son who happens to have Down Syndrome, and that opened another way of seeing life and understanding other realities that I wasn’t aware of, I came close to the Argentinean Down Syndrome Association (ASDRA) and that lead me to meet amazing families who are still very close to me. Having a community of people who goes through the same experiences helped me a lot, and that is why I am part of this organization, I want to serve the community.

Kevin Gomez, Esq, P.C Board Member- Kevin Gomez, Esq, P.C

I am an attorney engaged in private practice in the Hudson Valley and NYC metro region. I have served as a Teacher, Assistant District Attorney, drafted Legislation, advocated to ensure justice for those whose rights have been denied. I have advocated for families in crises before the Family Court system, currently I am part of the Middletown NY Board of Education and I’m engaged in the civic matters of the community where I reside with the love of my life, my Wife, and four children.

Orlando Perez Board Member, Orlando Perez

28 years in law enforcement. 22-year resident of Orange County. Grand Knight of the Chester Knights of Columbus. Former Councilman of the Town of Chester. I believe in Charity, family, Community and faith. I truly enjoy helping people in need.

Carly A. Tosh Board Member, Carly A. Tosh

approaches education as an opportunity for both community and individual empowerment. She has been supporting diverse students in traditional general and special education classrooms, alternative education programs, as well as within the administrative role at the collegiate level, since 2004. Ms. Carly has taught adult education, alternative education, and life skills, as well as a middle school special education science, reading, math; fifth and fourth grade social studies, special education first through third grade, and is also the director of children’s ministries at Christ Church. Above all else, she enjoys getting to know and learn from others, most especially youth and children!

Ms. Carly holds a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in teaching children with special needs and in childhood education, a Bachelor of arts in English, with her focuses in Women’s Studies and Black Studies. She has been recognized with The Norbert Leesberg Award for high achievement in academics and community service; a dedication of appreciation from her students in GED, Pre-Ged, and Adult Basic Education; and as a participating member of the Social Justice Training Institute.

Michael Kusi Compliance, Data and Quality management Officer- Michael Kusi

has an extensive background in non-profit work. Has worked as a Special event consultant for the South Bronx United which is a non-profit corporation dedicated to youth soccer. Michael has also worked for the Dominion Federal Credit Union located in the Bronx, NY as an Assistance Compliance Officer.

Michael a proud graduated from Hofstra University School of Law, enjoys writing Poetry and History and is an active member of the New Covenant Christian Ministries.

Teresa Gilli Board Member – Teresa Gilli

A resident of Poughkeepsie, NY. Ms. Gilli has more than 15 year of experience in a non-profit organization. She has a strong interest in those with intellectual disabilities and has grown to love this population and, as such, voices their need to be heard. Gilli is also a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, she received the Peggy Martinko – Trailblazer award from The Arc of Dutchess. Gilli also has a bachelor’s in Computer Science which enables her to keep up with all current programs available to her. Ms. Gilli is currently the Director of Development for Special Olympics NY.

Bella Paw Bella Paw-blic Relation & Greeter

Bella is an enthusiastic Labrador Retriever she loves to play soccer on her free time and loves to cuddle. She was an exceptional support to Luis when he was diagnosed with cancer, and after his surgery. By Bella being at his side, diminished his anxiety levels.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are designed for people in distress, anxiety, autism, PTSD, etc. BELLA offered a constant, comforting presence in the face of uncomfortable symptoms from the cancer diagnosis/treatment as well to our son with Autism. We hope in the future she will get the opportunity to visit and greet cancer patients.

Amanda Quintana


Amanda currently works as a Program Manager with the Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center, but previously was involved in community-based prevention efforts. Amanda has worked with many community coalitions, providing technical assistance and guidance. She graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Amanda was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Success in 2014, was selected to participate in the Leadership Dutchess 2021 program, and continuously strives to make positive impacts in her community through her work. In her free time, Amanda loves playing with her dog, Reggie, and caring for her plants.

Kayla SavelyKayla Savely

My name is Kayla Savely, I am a mother of three, I possess a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have completed the following training courses: Danielle’s Law, Overview of Developmental Disabilities, Abuse and Neglect, etc. I have experience and knowledge with the IDD population, writing behavior plans, psychiatric disorders. My 3 years at Orange Regional Medical Center gave me a great deal of experience and insight to the Mental Health population. I am a National Certified Counselor of the NBCC. I currently possess my Associate Counselors License, in New Jersey, working on obtaining my New York License. I’ve been in the mental health and developmental disability field for about 11 years.  I have always had a passion for helping others and making a difference that’s the reason I am volunteering my time with CHJI Support Services. I am here to help!

Wilfredo Ramos  Board Member – Wilfredo Ramos

Originally from the Bronx, NY, I have been a resident in Goshen, NY for 18 years.

I have been a Building Manager in NYC for 23 years and have a growing passion for portrait art and illustration as a hobby.

I am a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and am currently Chancellor and Family Director for Council 8637.

Siedha Holmes Advisory Member – Siedha Holmes

A resident of Vernon, New Jersey, and a single mother of two children. Experience in managing a group home of individuals with Autism for 10 years. Currently at Price Chopper Super Market in Warwick as the Customer Service Manager more than 10 years. Ms. Holmes has an Associates and bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Social Work, currently studying at Ramapo College of New Jersey to obtain a master’s in Social Work. When not juggling the many tasks of being a single mother, working full time and attending school, Siedah enjoys going to the movies and being outdoors with nature.

Samuel Abourbih, MD Medical Advisor – Dr. Samuel Abourbih

Dr Abourbih was born and raised in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abourbih attended McGill University for his undergraduate and medical degrees and completed a urology residency at McGill University Health Center.

Dr Abourbih subsequently completed a fellowship in endourology, laparoscopy and robotic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. During his fellowship Dr Abourbih had the opportunity to care for men with prostate cancer of all stages, from diagnosis to treatment and follow up. He has brought this experience to Garnet Health, where he currently works as an attending urologist and chair of the genitourinary cancer program.

Vinayak Gorakhanath Wagaskar, MD Medical Advisor – Dr. Vinayak Wagaskar

Dr. Wagaskar was born and raised in India.

Dr. Wagaskar attended undergraduate Medical School and internship at Government Medical College, Akola, India. and completed his Urology Residency at King’s Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. India; his Robotic Vattikuti Fellowship at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India.

Currently Dr. Wagaskar, is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Urology, New York, medical team where he is Assisting in OR/Post-operative patient care/follow-up care after discharge/ assisting in MRI-TRUS Fusion biopsies at clinic/ seeing patients at Clinic/participate in departmental research and ongoing trials.

Dr. Wagaskar, has published material work that has been cited in 49 journal articles (42 of these in the last 3 years) and 6 textbooks (all of these in the last 3 years). Dr. Wagaskar has stated the following: “I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to train with experienced surgeons and clinicians who are among the best in the world, and to have been able to play a critical role on this innovative study. Our team was led by the Chair of the Department and my mentor, Dr. Ashutosh Tewari, System Chair of Urology for the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS)”.

Dr. Michael Wald, also known as The Blood Detective, is in private practice in Chappaqua, New York. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation for uncovering an illness in a women that went undiagnosed for years in spite of her visiting many good doctors.  Dr. Wald went on to create a medical software program called, Blood Logic, that nutritionally interprets large amounts of lab data (test results).  Dr. Wald is host of his weekly radio show on https://prn.fm/ titled, Ask The BloodDetective.

 

 

 

 

Education

Dr. Wald may be the most qualified clinical nutritionist in the United States having earned 

 

Publications

Dr. Wald has published over a dozen books including

 

Media Appearances (partial list)

Dr. Wald has appeared on:

(see website or Linked in for full credential and media appearances: www.IntMedNY.com). Dr. Wald can be reached by calling: 914-552-1442. His email is: info@BloodDetective.com