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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2010
Contact: Leanna Cherry

Publications Specialist

(516) 663-2234

lcherry@winthrop.org

CANCER CENTER FOR KIDS AT WINTHROP RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM THE PAT LYONS FOUNDATION


Irene Lyons-Loeffler of the Pat Lyons Foundation (center) with her two children, Patrick (left) and Heather present a check for $20,000 to Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Division of Pediatric Oncology and Director at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, in support of the Generation of Survivors Program.
Mineola, NY – The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital recently received a $20,000 grant from the Pat Lyons Foundation in support of its Generation of Survivors Program – a unique program that follows childhood cancer survivors through adulthood to monitor their health and help them deal with potential late effects from life-saving treatments that were used to treat their cancers. The grant will assist the CCFK in its continuous efforts to enhance the vital services made available to pediatric cancer survivors.

The mission of the Pat Lyons Foundation, created in honor of a fallen 9/11 hero, is to help seriously ill children and cancer survivors in various ways. In addition to the Generation of Survivors Clinic at Winthrop’s CCFK, the Pat Lyons Foundation actively supports pediatric research and ongoing education at the Center. Thanks to the Foundation’s staunch support, the Generation of Survivors Clinic – first established in 2006 – currently serves an estimated 140 patients annually.

“Survivors of childhood cancer can face many questions as adults about various health-related issues. Partnering with the Pat Lyons Foundation, the Cancer Center for Kids continues to create a safe haven where a comprehensive survivorship medical program, synchronized with periodic physical exams and psychosocial or behavioral interventions, can improve the patient’s health and quality of life. This is all part of the CCFK’s life-long commitment to children and their future,” said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the Cancer Center for Kids.

The Generation of Survivors Program is the only survivorship health program of its kind on Long Island that offers survivors of childhood cancer long-term physical and psycho-social follow-up care services. The program, open to all pediatric cancer survivors, including those treated at other healthcare institutions, provides evaluations by a board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist, certified pediatric oncology nurse practitioner, psychologist and other specialists experienced in working with survivors of childhood cancer. Patients may be referred to adult practitioners in specialized areas such as endocrinology, cardiology and rheumatology on an as-needed basis.

In addition to addressing the needs and concerns of this growing population, the CCFK is planning on a symposium that will discuss fertility issues for cancer survivors and is developing an educational seminar about second malignancies.

For more information about the work of the Pat Lyons Foundation, visit www.patlyonsfoundation.org. For information about the Generation of Survivors Clinic at Winthrop’s CCFK, visit www.winthrop.org/cck or call (516) 663-9400.

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