A Celebration of Life...
Patient gives back to those who helped him in his time of need

Vol. 13, No. 3
Fall 2003

  • Revolutionary New Device Helps Patients Living with Chronic Stomach Disorder

  • Long Island Can Breathe Easier Thanks to Winthrop's Pulmonary Hypertension Center

  • New Catheterless pH Monitoring System elps Diagnos Reflux Disease More Accurately, Less Invasively

  • Urinary Incontinence - You Don't Have to Live with it Anymore

  • Fay J. Lindner Foundation Awards Grant for Renovation, Expansion of Emergency Department

  • Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center at Winthrop Looks Towards Future of Research, Treatment Options

  • Winthrop's Institute for Neurosciences offers Comprehensive Care for Stroke Patients

  • Don't Wait - Vaccinate! Flu Season is Quickly Approaching

  • Healing Comes in the Form of Giving

  • $10,000 Donation from Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Helps Fund High-Tech Microscope at Cancer Center for Kids

  • TWIGS to Honor its Founders at Golden Goose Gala Roaring 20s Party

  • A Celebration of Life... Patient gives back to those who helped him in his time of need

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  • Kevin Durnan (center) displays the donations received at his celebration of life birthday bash. With him are (l-r): Maxine Andrade, Practice Manager for the Cancer Center for Kids, Annalisa Durnan, Igal Fligman, M.D., Pediatric Hematologist/ Oncologist and Tom Durnan.
    When Kevin Durnan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 19, he knew he wouldn't let cancer beat him. Over the course of his treatment, he set a number of goals for his future - one being a big bash for his 21st birthday. But he didn't want this to be just any old birthday party. He wanted it to be bigger than just a celebration of a number, he wanted it to be a celebration of life.

    Kevin, now in remission, reached his goal and his 21st birthday. And, on September 7, 2003, threw the birthday bash he had been planning for years - a celebration of life - for 250 of his friends and family at the VFW in Albertson. This birthday party was a celebration of all the lives saved by the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop and Kevin's way to give back to those who helped him through his illness. What started as a simple idea for a birthday party turned into a hugely successful fundraising event that raised more than $27,800 for the Center.

    "This event was bigger than any of us ever expected it to be," said Annalisa Durnan, Kevin's mother.

    "People were really very generous," added Tom Durnan, Kevin's father. "A lot of people gave to help us out in this effort and we are very grateful."

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