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Mineola, NY – In an overwhelming show of support for the Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK), more than 350 people attended the second annual Black & White Ball on April 5, 2008 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The event raised $300,000 for the CCFK’s comprehensive Psychosocial Program and in support of the Center’s efforts to launch a full-time Creative Arts Therapy Program.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids, presents a gift to Black & White Ball honorees Susan J. Miller and Daryl Rosenblatt.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop makes a presentation to honorees Gale Gregory-Barbagallo and Neil Barbagallo.
The second annual Black & White Ball was held in honor of two Long Island families who are long-time supporters of the Cancer Center for Kids. Susan J. Miller and Daryl Rosenblatt of Port Washington established the Nina Jillian Rosenblatt Ambulatory Suite at the CCFK in memory of their daughter to provide young patients with a serene environment to receive treatment, and Jericho residents Gale Gregory-Barbagallo and Neil Barbagallo of Moms Helper, Inc. and Five Towns Nissan served as active members of the planning committee for the inaugural Black & White Ball in 2007.

“Once again, I was moved by the incredible outpouring of love for our children at the Center,” said Linda Sweeney, practice manager at the Cancer Center for Kids. “This year’s honorees and committee members worked very hard to provide another fun-filled evening, which raised vital funds to support us in our mission of caring for the child – and the family – in the most supportive way possible.”

The Ball was emceed by WCBS radio’s Sophia Hall, an enthusiastic supporter of Winthrop’s CCFK, and a featured a poignant video that starred young patients from Center. The children wrote a special song about their journeys with their illness and, under the supervision and direction of Glen Schifano, Creative Arts Therapist at the CCFK, created a beautiful and uplifting music video in a professional recording studio.

“The children embraced their roles and acted them out with a sense of confidence and self assuredness not previously seen by the Cancer Center for Kids’ psychosocial team,” said Mr. Schifano.

Addressing all those in attendance of the event, Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop, and Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop’s President & CEO, reflected on the great strides that have been made in the fight against childhood cancer and how unwavering support from the community is instrumental in helping the CCFK to fulfill its mission.

“Your participation in this wonderful event is a testimony to your commitment to the mission of the Cancer Center for Kids,” said Mr. Walsh, adding, “and, it is truly a special mission – to provide unmatched care without compromise and to help these very special children and their families through the unimaginable challenges of childhood cancer.”

Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids is the largest facility in Nassau County for treating children with cancer and blood disorders, and the only member of the prestigious national Children’s Oncology Group (COG) in the County. 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 the Cancer Center for Kids, contact Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager, at (516) 663-9400 or visit

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