On October 20, 2012, the front lawn of Bayville UCP in Bayville, NY, was the site of the 10th anniversary of “Bay’s Big Bash: A Celebration of Life.” The proceeds from this now legendary event, which celebrates the life and survivorship of Bailey Ryan and the pediatric patients at the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital, benefit the CCFK – Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility treating children with cancer and blood disorders.
The Bayville community, energized by a network of volunteers, supported the Ryan/Lovegrove families in their efforts to create an Oktoberfest-themed festival which featured a wide variety of traditional German foods like Wurstl (sausage) and Brezeln (pretzels), along with an oompah band, raffle prizes, silent auction items and children’s games and activities courtesy of Gooseberry Grove.
“The people of Bayville and Bailey’s family put a lot of love and hard work into this wonderful day,” said CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney. “By transforming the park into a fair ground, they’re helping to empower our kids in their fight against this terrible disease.”
From hayrides to pumpkin picking and a country store that sold pies and candied apples, this Oktoberfest raised more than $31,000 for the Center’s psychosocial programs. These services are essential to the emotional health and well-being of the CCFK’s patients and are offered free-of-charge to children and their families.
“The doctors and staff at the Center got us through some really tough times,” said Alice Lovegrove. “We will never forget their compassionate care.”
For information about the Cancer Center for Kids, visit www.winthrop.org/cck or contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400.