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Contact: Wendy Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

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Mineola, NY - Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that the second annual Black and White Ball to benefit the Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 7:30 PM at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The honorees for this year's event will be Susan J. Miller and Daryl Rosenblatt of Port Washington, and Gale Gregory-Barbagallo and Neil Barbagallo of Jericho.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center’s comprehensive psychosocial program, and help launch a full-time Creative Arts Therapy Program. “Research shows that a Creative Arts Therapy program helps facilitate a sense of well-being and improve the quality of life for a child undergoing treatment for serious disorders, when used in conjunction with medical and psychosocial disciplines,” said Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids. “These programs are invaluable for our patient population, and have a major impact on easing the difficult treatment period for children and their families.”

Ms. Miller and Mr. Rosenblatt are being recognized for their outstanding commitment to the Cancer Center for Kids. They have devotedly supported the Center in loving memory of their daughter Nina, who succumbed to childhood cancer in 1993. Because of their benevolence, The Nina Jillian Rosenblatt Ambulatory Suite at the Center provides a non-threatening environment in which children with cancer and related blood disorders feel safe while receiving cutting-edge medical care in an outpatient setting.

Gale Gregory-Barbagallo and Neil Barbagallo were members of the inaugural ball committee last year and greatly contributed to its success. They became loyal supporters after witnessing the skilled and compassionate care at the Center, and how it provides confidence and hope to children with cancer and their families.

“I am thrilled to have Susan, Daryl, Gale and Neil as this year’s honorees,” said Linda Sweeney, Cancer Center for Kids office manger. “Susan and Daryl have been loyal supporters for many years in memory of their beloved daughter, Nina Jillian, who will be forever young. Gale and Neil only joined the committee one year ago; I am delighted to have their enthusiastic support.”

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 both inpatient and outpatient settings that promote healing. 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, who complement the care of the skilled and compassionate pediatric hematology/oncology physicians and pediatric hematology/oncology nurses.

For further information about the Ball or the Cancer Center for Kids, please call Linda Sweeney at 516 663-9400 at the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital.

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