First Annual "Evening of Tasting & Giving" Raises Thousands


Vol. 16, No. 1
Winter 2006

  • Winthrop's Bariatric Surgery Program Leaves Lives Forever Changed

  • Bariatric Surgery Procedure

  • Angioplasty Proceduresat Winthrop Ranked at the Top by NY State's Health Department

  • Singapore Doctors and Hospital Leaders Tour Winthrop's Cardiac Care Facilities

  • Pulmonary Rehab Programis Step in Right Direction for Lung Disease Patient

  • First Annual Pulmonary Hypertension Walk Raises Thousands for Research

  • Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New,Larger Facility

  • Winthrop's Diabetes Education Program Once Again Merits ADA Recognition

  • Annual Check-Up Catches Early-Stage Tumor, Minimally Invasive Procedure Spares Kidney

  • Winthrop First to Perform Spinal Radiosurgery with CyberKnife

  • ASU Tours Help Young Patients Prepare for Surgery

  • An Elegant Evening of Celebration & Charity

  • The Guardian Society Thinking Ahead for Your Future and Winthrop's

  • Syde Hurdus Foundation Supports Endoscopy Center and Research

  • Treiber Family Gives in Memory of Their Son

  • First Annual "Evening of Tasting & Giving" Raises Thousands

  • Cardiac Surgeon and Family Donate in Support of Heart Surgery Center Construction

  • Auxilians Once Again Join Hands to Help Pediatrics

  • "Extend the Holidays" Toy Drive Keeps Smiles Going

  • The Pat Lyons Foundation

  • "Family Sunday" Created for Cancer Center for Kids' Patients

  • Jay's World Foundation Furthers Support of Winthrop's Pediatric Facilities

  • Williston Park Rotary Lends Support for Cancer Survivors' Program

  • Winthrop Welcomes 2006 Golf Tournament Co-Chairs

  • Garden City Resident Celebrates Birthday by Helping Young Patients

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  • AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director, Child Life, Winthrop; Terrie Magro; Annette Beharry, DO, Department of Pediatrics, Winthrop; and Fred Coste, DO, Department of Pediatrics, Winthrop.
    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.

    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 (516) 663-2761.



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