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Mineola, NY – On Thursday evening, April 22nd, The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital held its Fourth Annual Black and White Ball at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. Close to 400 guests from the metropolitan area’s corporate, healthcare and philanthropic communities, in addition to major event sponsors, Charlie’s Champions and Pall Corporation, helped raise nearly $250,000 for the CCFK’s psychosocial, Child Life and creative arts therapy programs, which are essential components of the CCFK’s delivery of care.

WCBS Radio’s Sophia Hall, a long-time CCFK supporter and volunteer, emceed the program and welcomed the overflow crowd. John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, praised the Center’s accomplishments and its importance within the framework of Winthrop’s pediatric specialty practices.

The honorees for this special evening were long-time devoted supporters Paul and Terrie Magro and their son Marc of Hicksville. The Magros, who are committed to serving the emotional and quality-of-life needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families, established The Michael Magro Foundation to honor the memory of their son, Michael, who they lost to leukemia in 2004.

“The Magros have invigorated our mission with their remarkable courage and strength, cultivating new donors and spearheading countless fundraisers to help underwrite the services we provide,” said Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids.

Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the Cancer Center for Kids, also praised The Michael Magro Foundation and the vital role they played in developing the newly copyrighted Project SOAR (School re-entry Ongoing Academic Resources) manual, a unique how-to guide to help physicians and parents to support children with pediatric cancer and other chronic illnesses as they transition back to the classroom. After it is published, the manual will be available to physicians and hospitals nationwide.

In her remarks at the CCFK Black & White Ball, Terrie Magro described her family’s journey, praising the CCFK physicians, nurses and staff. “Winthrop became a shining star within our reach,” she said. “The Michael Magro Foundation prides itself on helping those struggling with a pediatric cancer diagnosis. We are proud to support innovative programs as we help children and their families fight this terrible disease.”

The Cancer Center for Kids, a member of the prestigious national Children’s Oncology Group, is part of Winthrop’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders.

For more information about the CCFK, contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400 or visit

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