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Mineola, NY – John’s Variety, located on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, recently held a special raffle to raise money for Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids. The raffle featured very popular and rare Kooky Pens as prizes.

John Robinson, Owner of John’s Variety in Williston Park (left), recently visited Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) to present the proceeds from the store raffle and a bag of toys to Dr. Mark Weinblatt, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop and director of the hospital’s CCFK.
All proceeds were donated to the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital. Store owner John Robinson and his wife Angela Tomei Robinson, Pathology and LIS Manager, Education Coordinator in the Pathology Department at Winthrop, visited the Cancer Center for Kids to present the proceeds of the raffle – $1,033 – and a large bag of toys to Dr. Mark Weinblatt, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop and director of the hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids.

John’s Variety is a major retailer of the very trendy pens and Mr. Robinson has been featured as a “toy expert” by NBC’s Weekend Today Show, in the national magazine Souvenirs & Gifts and recently, on the CNBC-TV program The Big Idea.

Inspired by his nephew Vincent who was diagnosed at age 14 with Ewing sarcoma, as well as some of his young customers battling cancer, Mr. Robinson decided to “combine the pen’s popularity and collectibility with raising funds for kids by kids.”

“My young customers gave up money from chores and babysitting for a chance to win a rare pen and at the same time to help kids who are less fortunate,” added Mr. Robinson.

Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids is a unique state-of-the-science center where children with cancer are given the best possible chance of recovery through superior medical care, constant nurturing and unconditional support in an environment that promotes healing. It is staffed by skilled and compassionate pediatric hematology/ oncology physicians and pediatric hematology/oncology nurses. The Center’s comprehensive Psychosocial Program, which deals with many of the non-medical issues facing seriously ill children, includes experts in clinical psychology, social work, child life activities, and art and music therapy.

For more information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, call (516) 663-9400.

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