GREGG'S WINGS SOAR ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER AT WINTHROP
The Second Annual Gregg’s Wings Golf Outing, celebrating the life of Gregg Kienke, was held on August 22nd at the Woodmere Club in Woodmere, NY, with more than $70,000 in proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital. Cancer tragically ended Gregg’s young life several weeks after he was born, but the memory of this very special little boy continues to bring hope and healing to children with cancer.
The Kienke family recently visited Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids to present the Center with the money raised from the Second Annual Gregg’s Wings Golf Outing. Pictured at the check presentation are (l. – r) Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK); Mike Kienke and his fiancée, Mary; Bill Kienke; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK; Debi Kienke; Bryan Kienke; and Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager for the CCFK.
A full field of golfers took to the greens at Woodmere, following brunch and a pre-golf luncheon at the Club. A bustling 19th hole reception, hosted by East Rockaway residents Debi and Bill Kienke and their sons, Bryan and Michael, included dinner, raffles and prizes. Debi and Bill coordinated their efforts and worked with Bryan and Michael on the event for several months, building awareness for pediatric cancer and successfully bringing a capacity crowd to the fairway.
Mrs. Kienke recalled the loving care that physicians Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, and Philip Scimeca, MD, Associate Chief of the Division, gave to Gregg. “They left a lasting mark on us and we will always be grateful. Honoring Gregg's memory and continuing to help other children and their families who are battling cancer is something we believe is important. It has been a hope of ours as a family to be able to support others in need,” she said.
Dr. Weinblatt gratefully acknowledged the Kienke family’s longstanding commitment and support. “To see a family so affected by this crippling disease and watch them turn the unimaginable loss of their son into a safe haven for other children is an inspiration to all of us,” he said.
Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, and is the County’s only member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a prestigious international consortium of collaborating hospitals recognized as leaders in the treatment of childhood cancers. For information about the CCFK, access its website at www.winthrop.org/cck. You can learn more about Gregg’s Wings at greggswings.com.
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