TODARO FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER HITS A GRAND SLAM FOR WINTHROP’S CANCER CENTER FOR KIDS
Sunshine and base hits were part of the line-up at the Sixth Annual Anthony T. Todaro Softball Game and Barbeque. The Deer Park Foundation’s major league efforts to honor the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Gaetano Todaro’s son, Anthony, and to benefit Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) attracted more than 100 Long Island families and raised more than $10,000 with proceeds helping to underwrite scholarships for children treated at the CCFK.
(l.-r.) Mr. Gaetano Todaro and Mrs. Rosemarie Todaro with Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager, at the Sixth Annual Anthony T. Todaro Softball Game and Barbeque.
In the past, the Todaro family’s tireless efforts have also funded the Center’s Child Psychology Room. The Foundation’s gift card donations to the CCFK’s “Theme Week” and many patients have energized the Center’s Child Life Program.
Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager, addressed the crowd and expressed her appreciation. “I want to thank all of you here today for remembering Anthony and for supporting the Cancer Center for Kids. We are especially grateful to the Todaro’s. They are a brave and wonderful family who turned a personal loss into an amazing gift that’s helping kids fight,” she said.
Dedicated Foundation contributors and volunteers set the stage for a championship softball event in Deer Park on May 5, 2013, as teams squared off in tee shirts designed by Anthony’s good friend Francisco Jara. Everyone enjoyed barbecue fare cooked and served by Mike Berish and Darrell Penberg. Beautifully decorated baskets filled with wonderful raffle prizes assembled by an amazing group of friends generated additional revenue. Foundation supporters donated the prizes and food, including Panera of North Babylon, Miller’s Ale House of Deer Park, Francesca’s of New Jersey and Segesta Pizza of Levittown.
The CCFK is a place of inspiration and healing for children and their families too, and it is the largest outpatient facility for treating pediatric cancer and hematologic disease on Long Island. The Center's amazing programs, support groups, and services create an environment of compassionate care that nurtures each child and empowers the entire family. Whether it's kids using their creative skills to write songs that symbolize their cancer journey, dads getting together to talk about the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings, or nurses and social workers working with schools to help transition kids back to the classroom during or after cancer treatment, the Center's team truly brings a sense of hope to everyone whose life has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Since the CCFK’s programs are free and not reimbursed by insurance companies, every dollar the Foundation raised at the Softball Game goes directly to help those kids and their families.
The Cancer Center for Kids is part of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop-University Hospital. For more information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, visit www.winthrop.org/cck. For information about the Anthony Todaro Foundation and its efforts on behalf of children with cancer, visit www.anthonytodaro.org.
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