On August 23, 2012, a golf outing at The Woodmere Club in Woodmere, NY, celebrated the memory of a very special little boy, and raised $45,000 to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop.
Gregg Kienke was born on January 14, 1984; several weeks later, cancer tragically took his life. Even though Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, and Philip Scimeca, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, were with him for a brief time, his parents never forgot their compassion and support.
Twenty-seven years later, at the suggestion of their sons Bryan and Michael, Debi and Bill Kienke, on behalf of “Gregg’s Wings,” decided to honor the care these two doctors provided by donating the tournament proceeds to the CCFK.
A full field of golfers gathered for a day of 18 holes followed by an evening that included dinner, raffles and prizes.
Debi Kienke, Director of Special Services in the Oyster Bay School District, said, “Being able to help other children and their families who are battling cancer is something we believe is important. It has been a hope of ours to support and help others who are in need.”
Dr. Weinblatt gratefully acknowledged the Kienke family’s grassroots effort and extraordinary generosity. “It shows that even a young child who was in this world for such a short time can have an impact, and do so much good for so many,” he said.
The family recently visited NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids to present representatives of the Center with the proceeds raised from the golf outing. Pictured at the check presentation are (l.-r.) Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at the CCFK; Bryan Kienke; Debi Kienke; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK; Bill Kienke; Mike Kienke; and Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Develop ment Manager for the CCFK.
The Second Annual Gregg’s Wings Golf Outing is set for August 22, 2013 at The Woodmere Club. For more information, visit www.greggswings.com.
NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, and is the County’s only member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). For more information about the CCFK, visit www.winthrop.org/cck.