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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 05, 2010
Contact: Leanna Cherry

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MICHAEL MAGRO FOUNDATION RAISES $80,000 FOR WINTHROP


Pictured at The Michael Magro Foundation’s Fifth Annual Evening of Tasting & Giving, which raised $80,000 are (l.-r.) Deborah Johnson-Schiff, Senior Vice President at Winthrop; Terrie Magro, Founder of The Michael Magro Foundation; Maria Kavan, Development Associate at Winthrop; Ed Chewens, Administrative Director of the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop; and Russell Schiff, MD, Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop.
Mineola, NY – In an outstanding demonstration of the generosity of renowned Long Island chefs, restaurants, wineries and bakeries, and all of The Michael Magro Foundation’s long-time friends and supporters, the Foundation raised $80,000 during its Fifth Annual Evening of Tasting & Giving on October 6 at The Mansion at Woodlands in Woodbury. Proceeds from the event will benefit Winthrop-University Hospital’s pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The Michael Magro Foundation was established by Terrie and Paul Magro of Hicksville in honor of their son Michael Magro, who they lost to leukemia in 2004. Since its inception in 2005, The Michael Magro Foundation has been committed to easing the burdens of pediatric cancer patients and their families who are faced with the challenges of this devastating disease. The Foundation has raised more than $300,000 in its ongoing crusade against pediatric cancer, enabling them to generously support young patients and their families at Winthrop in many ways in recent months and, over the years.

The Michael Magro Foundation shares Winthrop’s philosophy of minimizing anxiety for pediatric patients, and that one way to do so is through the creation of beautiful, artfully decorated child-friendly environments for clinical care. Recently, the Foundation underwrote a penguin-themed room at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) Outpatient Center; a custom sky-scape mural on the ceiling of the Pediatric Endoscopy Suite at Winthrop; a jungle-themed mural in one of the rooms within the Hospital’s dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit which is often used to treat pediatric oncology patients; as well as several murals in the Winthrop Pediatric Specialty Center and the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center.

“The generosity of the Michael Magro Foundation has touched the lives of numerous pediatric patients and their families at Winthrop-University Hospital. We are most appreciative of their ongoing support and compassion for helping others,” said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.

The Michael Magro Foundation is also dedicated to helping families through the financial hardships associated with pediatric illness. The Foundation’s Life Essentials Program provides restaurant and supermarket gift cards to families who may experience some late days at the CCFK as their child receives treatment, and assists families in need with pharmacy co-payments and various other out-of-pocket expenses. The Foundation has also made generous contributions to Winthrop’s Pediatric Primary Care Office in Hempstead, providing school supplies and gift cards so that families can shop at local stores including Old Navy, Payless and Stop-N-Shop.

The Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Office and the Children’s Kidney & Bladder Program at Winthrop have also been the grateful recipients of the Foundation’s goodwill. The Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Office recently received two new televisions and games and the Children’s Kidney & Bladder Program has a new state-of-the-science Lx500 microscope thanks to the Foundation.

At Winthrop’s CCFK, The Michael Magro Foundation’s unwavering support of Project SOAR (School re-entry and Ongoing Academic Resources) – a back-to-school program that provides educational support and counseling to childhood cancer patients and their families, as well as to their educators and classmates – has been instrumental in assisting numerous CCFK patients over the years.

What’s more, The Michael Magro Foundation has been named the 2010 honoree for the CCFK’s 2010 Black & White Ball – set for April 22, 2010 at Oheka Castle – where they will be recognized for their tireless efforts on behalf of young patients and their families.

For more information about The Michael Magro Foundation, its mission and programs, visit www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. For more information about pediatric cancer services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

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