Five Cents Goes Along Way in Helping Kids with Cancer

Vol. 14, No. 1
Winter 2004

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

  • One Million Dollar Gift to Help Build Highly Advanced, Expanded Interventional Cardiology Pavilion at Winthrop

  • Giving New Meaning to the Phrase 'Beating the Odds'

  • Winthrop's Pediatric Craniofacial Team... Reshaping Children's Lives Through Cutting-Edge Surgery

  • Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care Provides the "One-Two" Punch Needed to Battle Cancer

  • Five Cents Goes Along Way in Helping Kids with Cancer

  • Winthrop Provides A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Families, Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder Known as Prader-Willi Syndrome

  • Christopher Dowd's Story

  • $400,000 Pledge from Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Goes Toward Construction of Pediatric Oncology Rooms in New Inpatient Center

  • Celebrating New Life... Celebrating the Miracle of Love

  • When Prostate Cancer Strikes, Cryoablation is a Viable Treatment Option

  • Winthrop Acquires Most Advanced CT Scanner for Fastest, Most Accurate Imaging of the Human Body

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Donates $30,000 to Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids Funds Raised at First Annual Golf Tournament in Memory of 9-11 Firefighter

  • Islanders Visit

  • "The future ain't what it used to be,"

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

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  • How far can a five-cent recyclable can go? Try as far as helping a child living with cancer.

    For the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop, recycling has become big business - fundraising business, that is. Since the inception of the Center's recycling program, known as Cans for Cancer, in 2002, more than 500,000 cans and bottles have been collected - that's over 10,000 recyclables a week! To date, more than $25,000 has been raised to help fund vital programs for children living with and being treated for cancer and blood-related disorders at the Center.

    In a little over one year, the program, the brainchild of Maxine Andrade, Practice Manager for the Cancer Center for Kids, has grown exponentially. What started with a smattering of local high schools has grown to include over 17 participating schools, local restaurants, and large venues such as the Nassau Coliseum, Jones Beach Theater and Keyspan Park- home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

    The program keeps on growing. Adelphi University and its Student Athletic Committee (SAC) pledged their support of the program with 45 recycling sites throughout the campus. And, thanks to the success of the program at Cyclone Stadium, Ms. Andrade says the Center hopes to start recycling at Shea Stadium for the 2004 baseball season.

    The continuing success of the program can be attributed to the more than 200 volunteers and the corporations who have helped get the Center's "foot in the door." Aramark Corporation, the leading concession company that sells the food and beverages at many of the local arenas, was one of those companies that helped pave the way for the Cans for Cancer program.

    "Aramark used to pay to recycle all those cans and bottles at the end of every sporting event or concert," explained Ms. Andrade. "Now we do it for them - for free - and it benefits our program."

    The Center works closely with recycling company Recycling in Communities, Inc. (RICI), which collects and transports all of the cans that the volunteers of the program gather after each event and at every participating location. Peter Sidote, owner, even helped place a "RICI" (collection bin) in every location to aid in the collection process.

    SMG, the management company for the Nassau Coliseum, and ClearChannel, the management of Jones Beach Theater, have also played an important role in how the program has evolved and thrived on Long Island, providing the opportunity to recycle at all concerts and sporting events including the New York Islanders hockey games.

    For more information on how you can become a Cans for Cancer participant, contact Maxine Andrade at the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital at 516-663-9409.

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