The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard will feature its 13th annual “Big Squeeze Weekend” Oct. 6 and 7.

The event is designed not only to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples, but also to raise funds for the Friends of Bassett’s commitment to Bassett Cancer Research. All-day Saturday sales of fresh, sweet cider in both full gallons and halves will be donated to the Friends, according to a media release from the cider mill.

New this year is the Red Cross Mobile Blood Donation Bus hosting a blood drive both Saturday and Sunday. The 60-foot bus will be accepting donations of blood from walk-ins or by appointment. Reservations can be made by calling (800) RedCross or visitng the website at

Returning is Bassett Cancer Institute’s mobile medical screening coach to offer cancer and blood pressure screenings to the public. A Bassett practitioner will be on hand to conduct clinical breast exams and screening mammography from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome. Blood pressure screenings will be offered on Sunday in addition to the breast exams and mammography.

“Big Squeeze Weekend is our way to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special event benefiting cancer research. I lost my mom, a dear friend and team members to breast cancer. I’m proud to have our mill help fund research that hopefully will save lives,” cider mill co-owner Brenda Michaels said in the release. “More than one-million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, many of them needing blood during the treatment process. This event is perfect for promoting early screening while gathering the necessary blood for use during treatment.”

In addition, the mill will offer more than 10 different varieties of New York state-grown apples for sampling. A Cornell University study has identified a dozen compounds in apple peels called triterpenoids that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures.

Visitors to the second level of the Mill can witness cider being made on an 1889 Boomer and Boschert water-powered press.

A special performance by the Mill’s lyricist and impressionist, Ody B. Goldy, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday will entertain guests with music and laughs plus participation in breast cancer trivia contests with winners awarded fresh cider.

For more information regarding Bassett Cancer Institute or to find out about upcoming dates and locations of screening events in area communities, call (866) 442-2262.

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