FLY CREEK, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard will be using their annual Big Squeeze — to be held on Saturday, September 30 — to benefit Cancer research at a local hospital.

The event will coincide with the beginning of Breast Cander Awareness Month on Sunday, October 1. Proceeds from sales of cider during the event will be donated to the Bassett Health Care Network through the Friends of Bassett Initiative.

“This successful Big Squeeze fundraiser allows our venue to promote the early detection of breast cancer,” owner Bill Michaels said in a statement. “We’ve sadly lost several friends and team members to breast cancer, and we take pride in the Mill’s role in supporting local cancer patients’ needs. Bassett’s dedication to cancer detection and treatment is evident in their annual provision of over 19,800 mammograms and 25,500 ultrasounds.”

During the Big Squeeze event, Bassett of Cooperstown’s Mobile Cancer Screening Coach will offer pre-booked cancer screenings, while they will also host an information table throughout the day. Attendees will also have the opportunity to

In addition, the Cider Mill will offer more than eight varieties of New York State-grown apples. According to a study by Cornell University, there are a dozen compounds in apple peels known as triterpenoids, which have the ability to inhibit or eliminate cancer cells in laboratory settings.

If you cannot attend but would like to support Bassett Healthcare, you are encouraged to make a contribution at