Spreading hope and raising awareness about the importance of early screening for colon cancer is something that is near and dear to the family of Debra Ann Franceschini. In keeping with their decade-long tradition of giving to benefit both inpatient and outpatient cancer programs at NYU Winthrop, the Franceschini family of Piccolo's Restaurant in Mineola presented a check in the amount of $33,005 to the Hospital.
(L-R) Diane Smith, Director of Major Gifts at NYU Winthrop; Alan Jacobson, MD, NYU Winthrop's Chief Research Officer; Robert Franceschini Sr.; Robert Franceschini Jr., with his two children; and Lynn Drucker; Assistant Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop.
"We are most grateful for the continuous support of the Franceschini Family, which has touched so many patients over the years," said Lynn Drucker, Assistant Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop.
After Robert Franceschini of Albertson lost his wife of 26 years to colon cancer in April 2006, he felt the best way to honor her memory was to raise money to help fight the disease that took her from him and their two sons.
"Colon cancer is treatable if caught early," he said, "and I want to encourage individuals to get screened at a younger age."
A decade ago, the Franceschini family began hosting an annual golf outing to raise funds in Debra Ann's honor. Since that time, the family, who established the Inpatient Intervention Colorectal Cancer Screening Research Fund at NYU Winthrop, has raised nearly $375,000 to-date to benefit patients at NYU Winthrop.
"I can't stop," said Mr. Franceschini when reflecting on his dedication to giving. "It'd be like giving up on her."
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