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Patients perform at Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer – the Third Annual Music Therapy Dinner to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital.

Pictured at the Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer Event, which was held at the Garden City Hotel, are (l.-r.) Tammy and Michael Brietman; Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop; and Elizabeth Urbanski, Development Specialist at the CCFK.
“Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer,” the Third Annual Music Therapy Dinner to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital, surpassed all expectations and brought together more than 350 patients, families and friends on November 10, 2011 at the Garden City Hotel for a night of music, dining and dance. The event was a terrific success, raising close to $56,000 to benefit pediatric patients at the CCFK.

The Cancer Center for Kids, part of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop-University Hospital, is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. The CCFK’s Music Therapy Program promotes health and well-being, helping patients and families cope with diagnosis and treatment through the universal language of music. Like most of the Center’s psychosocial programs, its essential services are provided free of charge, and are not reimbursed by insurance or government subsidies.

CCFK Music Therapist Glenn Schifano and His Boy Elroy created an exciting musical program, igniting the event’s “rock” festivities with their signature style. Mr. Schifano led a group of patients from the Center in a spirited rendition of “A Song is a Dream to Us,” created especially for the Rock2Beat event. CCFK Social Worker Nancy Morreale and Child Life Specialist Kim Krupa brought their special skills to every rehearsal and stage-managed the evening’s dazzling show.

CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney warmly acknowledged the friendship and philanthropy that made Rock2Beat possible, recognizing major event sponsors Charlie’s Champions Foundation, the O’Sullivan Children Foundation, Inc., and the McGoldrick Family. Special thanks also went to Difference Maker Records for their professional help and expertise. Ms. Sweeney gave rave reviews to the event’s young performers. “They are the real stars of the evening,” she said.

An integral component of the Center’s complement of care, Music Therapy uses imagination and critical thinking to reduce anxiety and enhance social skills, personal expression and self-esteem. The program not only influences every child’s emotional condition, it positively impacts physical parameters like blood pressure, respiratory function and the immune system.

For more information about the Music Therapy Program at the CCFK, visit or call Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400.

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