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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2013
Contact: Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234
lcherry@winthrop.org

JAY GALLAGHER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS GENEROUS GRANT TO THE CANCER CENTER FOR KIDS AT WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL


Present at Tournament were representatives from Winthrop-University Hospital including (l.-r.) Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager; Debora Long, RN; Maureen Regan, MBA, PA-C, Administrative Director of Surgical Specialties; and Jacquelyn Rice, Registrar.
The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation to support its unique delivery of care and quality-of-life programs. Positioned within the framework of Winthrop’s broad-based pediatric programs, The Cancer Center for Kids is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County.

The Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation grant is the second that Winthrop’s CCFK has received from the Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cancer awareness, improving the lives of cancer patients, and helping to find a cure for the disease. The Foundation memorializes Jay Gallagher, who graduated from Garden City High School where he co-captained the varsity lacrosse team, and passed away from melanoma at the age of 39.

The Foundation hosts an annual two-day lacrosse tournament, with over 120 teams from the Northeast participating. The tournament raises awareness for the Andy Foundation, the Miracle Foundation, and the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation. The mission of the Andy Foundation, which was established to honor the memory of Andrew Palmeri, is to have kids help kids in need; the Miracle Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer; and the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation disseminates information on skin cancer prevention and treatment.

This year, the Jay Gallagher Foundation, on behalf of the Miracle Foundation and the Andy Foundations, granted half of the tournament proceeds to the CCFK.

“Thanks to the generosity of these Foundations, the programs at the Cancer Center for Kids continue to thrive, fostering hope and wellness among our patients and families alike,” said Winthrop’s Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney.

To learn more about the Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation, visit www.jaygallagherlaxtournament.com. For additional information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, visit www.winthrop.org/cck or call Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400.

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