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CornerStone Vol. 27, No. 1, Summer/Fall 2017
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There’s a New Healthcare Force on Long Island
New Board Members Appointed
New Center Offers State-of-the-art Treatments for Varicose Veins
One Patient’s Vow to Live Healthfully
A Tradition of Giving: Local Family Gives back to Emergency Department, Once Again
National Recognition Once Again for The Children's Medical Center
NYU Winthrop Earns HBOT Accreditation with Distinction
Forbes Names NYU Winthrop One of "America's Best Employers" for 2017
Gold Standard for Inpatient Diabetes Care
More "Bests" for NYU Winthrop, CEO
Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First Responder
Cancer Survivors Day
The Need for Philanthropy By E. Ramone Segree, Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital
Inaugural President’s Circle Reception
32nd Annual Golf Tournament Raises over $560,000 for ED Expansion and Renovations
A Lifetime of Service: Board of Directors Honors Veronica B. Renken
Local Foundation Gives Back to Pediatric Patients
Grand Opening of NYU Winthrop Primary Care Clinic
Unique "Stop the Bleed" Course Offers Lifesaving Techniques
Beautiful New Artwork Lifts Children’s Spirits, Thanks to Generous Grant from the Encourage Kids Foundation
A Memorable Yuletide Ball
Love is in the Air
Milestone "Cause" Raises $110,000 for Child Life Program
Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing
Stella's Superheroes Unite to Benefit Cancer Center for Kids
A Most Generous Gift Lifts Spirits, Once Again
The Ride to Fight Kid's Cancer
Gregg's Wings Foundation Honors a Little Life in a Big Way
NYU Winthrop Named a Preferred Medical Partner of the New York State Troopers PBA
 

Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop Hospital welcomed guests to its 11th Annual Black & White Ball at Oheka Castle on April 27th. The event honored the Napolitano Family of the Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation for its longstanding dedication to the CCFK and its mission on behalf of children with cancer and blood disorders. In addition, Philanthropic Youth and Spirit of Giving award winners, Justin Cohen and Marina Duszak, were also recognized for their unique contributions to the CCFK.

  • Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

    11th Annual Black & White Ball

  • Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

    11th Annual Black & White Ball

  • Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

    11th Annual Black & White Ball

  • Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

    11th Annual Black & White Ball

  • Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing

    11th Annual Black & White Ball

After Gala Emcee and WCBS News Radio personality Sophia Hall welcomed guests, CCFK Manager Ashley Carlo addressed the audience and introduced a special video with music accompaniment by star violinist, Roslyn Huang.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the CCFK, presented Justin Cohen with the Philanthropic Youth Award for creating Movies Heal, which gives CCFK families the opportunity to see newly released films without the worry of being exposed to the public during a time when children's immune systems are most vulnerable. Justin, who has given this opportunity to families since 2015, spoke to his inspiration for creating this initiative, and his calling to give families the freedom to safely enjoy a leisure activity at a time when it's needed most.

Dr. Weinblatt applauded Marina Duszak, awarding her the Spirit of Giving award, for "transforming her personal experience with leukemia into a way to give back" to other families impacted by the disease. By creating Marina's Golden Heart Foundation, she has raised more than $20,000 to support the Center's psychosocial programs and services. In speaking to her life experiences, Marina expressed overcoming the challenges of her diagnosis, sharing "although cancer was my worst nightmare, it was also my biggest blessing."

Dr. Weinblatt praised event honorees, the Napolitano Family and the Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation, for its years of dedicated efforts and enduring commitment to children and families impacted by pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Jason (Jay) Napolitano, for whom the foundation is named, passionately spoke about the impact of his diagnosis for him, his parents and older brother, and how it changed their lives forever. Mr. & Mrs. Napolitano also spoke to how cancer touched their lives as parents, and how they made it their life's calling to help other children and families impacted by pediatric cancer. They commended Drs. Weinblatt and Scimeca, whose loving and caring treatment gave Jason another chance at life. In addition to Jason's gift of life, Jason and his wife Christina now have two beautiful children, Ava, and Jackson.

The Foundation's legacy at NYU Winthrop has provided funding for the Jay's World Children’s Cancer Unit within the Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, which consists of five rooms with family-centered amenities and state-of-the-art air filtration systems for patients with challenged immune systems. In addition, the Foundation has underwritten the CCFK's CBC Laboratory and the Practice Manager's Office, essential medical equipment, support for clinical and psychosocial programs, and has granted scholarships to pediatric cancer patients on or off treatment who planned on attending college. Throughout its history, the Jay’s World Childhood Cancer Foundation donated over $600,000 of support towards these initiatives.

A special presentation was also made to William Turner of Parts Authority with a special baseball, signed by patients and staff at the CCFK, in grateful appreciation for the company's generous philanthropic efforts on the Center's behalf.

Dining and dancing, along with prizes and silent and live auction items, rounded out the evening's festivities, which raised over $160,000 for the Cancer Center for Kids, its programs and services.