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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2008
Contact: Wendy L. Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

(516) 663-2234

wgoldstein@winthrop.org


THE PRECHTL FAMILY OF MASSAPEQUA PARK RAISES MORE THAN $30,000 FOR THE CANCER CENTER FOR KIDS AT WINTHROP

Mineola, NY – After Maria and Ken Prechtl experienced the extraordinary care of their son Christopher at the Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids, they were determined to help other families in similar situations.



“We know what is like to hear the words ‘your child has cancer,’” said Mrs. Prechtl. “But what we also learned is that in addition to excellent medical care, children and families dealing with childhood cancer need other types of support as well.”



Having experienced the outstanding care and support offered at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) after their son Christopher, now 15 years old, was treated there, the Prechtl family was determined to help support the Center’s team.



Recently, the Prechtl family hosted their first annual “Courage Counts” golf outing Hamlet Willow Creek Golf and Country Club in Mt. Sinai, NY. The event attracted 72 golfers and raised more than $30,000.



The golfers enjoyed a sunny but windy day on the course, followed by a dinner reception with outstanding raffle prizes that were donated to the fundraiser. Mr. Prechtl and his son Christopher both offered compelling speeches describing their journey through Christopher’s treatment.



“We are extremely grateful for the grass roots support that was offered by Maria and Ken Prechtl and their family and friends,” said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager at the Cancer Center for Kids.



The Cancer Center for Kids provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for childhood cancer patients and their families, as well as psychosocial support services to help reduce the anxiety that often accompanies childhood cancer. The CCFK offers extensive support services that are not covered by most insurance plans. Support groups and counseling for parents and siblings, arts and crafts and horticultural therapy, and a school re-entry program that helps children make the transition back after treatment are among the complementary services offered for free to families by the Center.



For more information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids please call (516) 663-9400 or visit www.winthrop.org/cck.

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