The Michael Magro Foundation raised
$50,000 during the organization's
first annual "Evening of Tasting and
Giving" held in September at the
Woodlands in Woodbury to benefit
Winthrop's Pediatric Inpatient Center
and Cancer Center for Kids. The foundation honors the life of Michael
Magro, a Hicksville student diagnosed
with leukemia, by helping other families in medical crisis.
AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director, Child
Life, Winthrop; Terrie Magro; Annette
Beharry, DO, Department of Pediatrics,
Winthrop; and Fred Coste, DO, Department
of Pediatrics, Winthrop.
Michael passed away in the summer of 2004 after a battle with the
illness. His mother, Terrie, created the
foundation to benefit the Winthrop's
Cancer Center for Kids and Pediatric
Inpatient Center, which provided her
family with much comfort and support
during Michael's stay at Winthrop.
"My son, Marc, who also is a cancer survivor, my husband, Paul, and I
feel very strongly about reaching out
in Michael's honor to help others,"
Mrs. Magro explained. "Wherever
Michael can help another child would
make him very happy."
According to AnnMarie DiFrancesca,
Director of Winthrop's Child Life
Program, "In just one year, the Magro
family has impacted the physical and
emotional well-being of many patients
and their families. Both Centers rely
on donations, so their outpouring of
support has been a God send."
Last year, the Foundation, with
the help of a local retailer, donated
two 27" flat-screen TVs, two X-Boxes
and a wide assortment of games and
DVDs for patients and their families to
enjoy. And, the support continues: In
November, the group donated an HP
laptop, HP LCD projector and accompanying software to Winthrop's
Pediatrics Department for use as
teaching aids for the medical residents.
In addition, the group earmarks a
portion of funds raised to purchase
grocery gift cards, gas cards and entertainment gift cards. Transportation to
and from therapy sessions at the
Cancer Center for Kids is also provided
for patients' families, who are in financial need during their child's illness.
"After a stressful day at the treatment center, the gift cards bring such
happiness and joy to these young
patients and their families," said Linda
Sweeney, Manager, Pediatric
Specialty, Cancer Center for Kids.
"Mrs. Magro's special donation is truly
appreciated because it has further
allowed the Cancer Center for Kids to
help alleviate some of the burden the
children and their families carry."
The Second Annual Michael
Magro Evening of Tasting and Giving
is slated for October 3, 2006. Those
interested in supporting the Michael
Magro Foundation are encouraged to
contact Mrs. Magro at (516) 935-4510. For more information about
Winthrop's Child Life Program, call