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(L.-R) Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager at Winthrop; Jeff Buffum, Executive Director of the Angel Compass Network; Paul Becht, Board Member of the Angel Compass Network; and Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at Winthrop’s CCFK.
Members of the Angel Compass Network (ACN), a non-profit organization based in New York City that provides a social and business network for philanthropic professionals, visited the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital and donated $3,450 to benefit the Center’s psychosocial programs and services.

The Angel Compass Network is comprised of individuals from the New York business community whose members seek to facilitate successful relationships while exploring ways of charitable giving. Business professionals can find contacts to build their network, generate more business, sponsor events, advertise, and blog. All net proceeds from events are contributed to charity so that the organization, collectively, can make a larger impact.

“The Network’s goal is to coordinate large charitable events, maximizing sponsorships and donations, and establish an online database, thereby creating an opportunity for members to give back,” according to Executive Director Jeff Buffum. The ACN earmarked proceeds from its May 8th inaugural event for the Center. Ultimately, the Network’s mission is to “create a massive network by connecting business people and empowering them to coordinate their own charitable events, using the network.”

Gratefully accepting the ACN’s contribution on behalf of the CCFK, Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney said, “We are privileged to be part of the Angel Compass Network and participate in a wonderful forum where we can share our history and tell our story.”

To address critical issues characterizing the non-medical aspects of pediatric cancer, the CCFK’s team works with one child and one family at a time to develop programs and activities that normalize potentially stressful medical situations and provide the resources pediatric cancer patients need to mitigate the formidable challenges they face every day.

The Cancer Center for Kids is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders, and is a collaborative institute partner of the Children’s Oncology Group. For more information about Winthrop’s CCFK, visit For more information about the Angel Compass Network, visit

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