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Enjoying the festivities at this year’s Bay’s Big Bash were (l.-r.) Katie Ryan; Bailey Ryan; Lindsey Ryan; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids; Bailey’s parents Alice Lovegrove and Michael Ryan; Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Elizabeth Faughnan.
Celebrating the life and survivorship of 12-year-old Bailey Ryan, a former patient of Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) who is now cancer- and treatment-free, has become a very special annual tradition for the Ryan-Lovegrove family of Bayville. The Eighth Annual “Bay’s Big Bash,” which took place on July 4 at a new Center Island beach venue to accommodate the nearly 1,200 people in attendance, was a terrific success, raising more than $65,000 for the Hospital’s comprehensive treatment facility for children with cancer and blood disorders.

What began as a small backyard party eight years ago has evolved into an extravagant community-wide event that featured a kayak-a-thon race, live entertainment, raffles and auction, games and rides for children, an elaborate barbecue buffet, and a breathtaking fireworks display. What’s more, Bailey and singer/songwriter Edwin McCain brought down the house with their electrifying performance of “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

Each year the Ryan-Lovegrove family works with a committee of neighbors and friends who plan months in advance to create a spectacular “bash” for all to enjoy.

“We see this party as an inspiration for other families,” said Bailey’s mom Alice Lovegrove. “We will be forever grateful to Winthrop’s Cancer Center, and this is the only way we could thank them.”

For additional information about the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, visit or call (516) 663-9400.

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