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CornerStone Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2014
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More Than Skin Deep: One Woman’s Dramatic Weight Loss Journey
NYU Winthrop Named Among America’s Best Breast Centers
Local Resident Presents Generous Gift to NYU Winthrop
One Family’s Most Momentous Gift in Gratitude for Lifesaving Care
NYU Winthrop Celebrates Opening of State-of-the-Art Electrophysiology Lab
NYU Winthrop Offers Relief to Longtime Sufferers of Endometriosis
Mothers and Babies Find Support for Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery at NYU Winthrop
Unique Sports Medicine Program Scores Big Among Local Athletes and Coaches
NYU Winthrop Named to Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite(TM)
Gala Raises more than $900,000 for NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Offers Bite of Hope to Pediatric Diabetes Patients
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $160,000 for Child Life Program
Once again, Local Foundation Garners Outstanding Support for NYU Winthrop
The Michael Magro Foundation Education Program
NYU Winthrop Event Rocks to Beat Pediatric Cancer
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Continued Support for NYU Winthrop
Special Visits Brighten Young Patients' Days
Golfing for a Cause
Diabetes Education Center Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Celebration with a Special Celebrity
Grateful Patient Gives Back to NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Hempstead High School Health Center
Mothers and Daughters Gather in Support of NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Hospital: Committed to Addressing Public Health Needs of the Community
Former Senator's Final "Extend the Holidays" Toy Drive Proves to be the Best One Yet
Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer is Music to One Man’s Ears
 

NYU Winthrop Event Rocks to Beat Pediatric Cancer

Patients perform at the Fifth Annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital .

The fifth annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer musical event rocked Molloy College's Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre on November 10, 2013, raising more than $33,000 for the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU WinthropUniversity Hospital. A crowd of more than 250 pediatric cancer patients, families, donors, sponsors and friends gathered for a night of music, dining and dancing to benefit the Music Therapy Program at the CCFK.

CCFK Music Therapist Glenn Schifano and "Jam Band," a group of young cancer patients at the CCFK, created a dazzling musical program, kicking off the event's festivities with a supporting cast made up of the patients' parents, called "Fam Band." Carefully staged choreography, accompanied by songs and lyrics written by the children that reflect their personal experiences as cancer patients, brought the audience to its feet.

"Music plays an integral role in our everyday lives, but for kids with cancer, it becomes a moveable feast that guides their journey from darkness back into the light," said Mr. Schifano.

An integral part of the CCFK's care, Music Therapy uses imagination and critical thinking to reduce anxiety and enhance social skills, personal expression and self-esteem.

CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney and Development Specialist Ashley Carlo thanked those that made the "off-off Broadway rock opera" possible, and praised the children (and their parents) for their amazing courage and theatrical talent.

"What you see here tonight is the heart and soul of Music Therapy," said Ms. Sweeney. "It touches the entire family as it heals and celebrates the human spirit."