Charlie's Champions Rally in Support of Cancer Center for Kids for Kids

Vol. 16, No. 3
Summer/Fall 2006

  • Scoliosis Patient Stands Taller after Complex Surgeries

  • Winthrop Specialists Named to Top Doctors List

  • Renovation Project Extended Thanks to Senator Balboni

  • Winthrop Opens Beautifully Expanded Admitting Office

  • ER & Cardiac Team's Exceptional Response Time Saves Father of Two

  • Winthrop Plays Major Role in County-Wide Emergency Preparedness Drill

  • Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics Admitted to Prestigious National Association

  • Don't let obesity take you from them

  • Cancer Survivor's Inspiring "Mask of Courage" Evokes Hope

  • Winthrop Appoints Board of Directors Chairman

  • Former Winthrop President Passes Away

  • CyberKnife Restores Mother's Hearing and Preserves Grandfather's Active Lifestyle

  • Winthrop Introduces Toilet-Training Program

  • Winthrop First LI Hospital to Pioneer Use of Advanced Physician Order Entry Technology

  • Citigroup Foundation and Garden City Family Support Cancer Center for Kids

  • Charlie's Champions Rally in Support of Cancer Center for Kids

  • Horticultural Therapy Program Branches Out Thanks to Fidelity Investments

  • West Islip Family Thanks Pediatric Center

  • Garden City Second Grader Dedicates Birthday to Young Patients

  • Jets Fans' Contributions Benefit Pediatric Patients

  • Kids for Care Hosts Dinner Supporting Pediatric ER Patients

  • Diabetes Education Center Partners with American Idol Celebrity for Important Discussion

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  • L-R: Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at the Cancer Center for Kids; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division for Pediatric Oncology/Hematology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids; John Schmitt with Charlie; Tara Schmitt; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager for the Cancer Center for Kids; and Maria Kavan, Development Specialist for the Cancer Center for Kids.
    Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids recently received a $10,000 grant from Charlie's Champions, a newly established foundation that generously raises funds to benefit the Center's services. The Foundation was created by Garden City residents Tara and John Schmitt in the name of their seven-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2005 and is currently being treated at the Center.

    An exceptional, state-of-the-science ambulatory facility, the Cancer Center for Kids is where pediatric patients are given the best possible chance for recovery through excellent medical care in an environment that provides nuturing and unconditional support. The Center's certified Child Life Specialist, social workers and psychologists help the children deal with the unimaginable and carry on with their lives.

    "After receiving the devastating news that our son had cancer, we immediately put Charlie under the quality, compassionate care of Dr. Mark Weinblatt and the Center," explained Mrs. Schmitt. "Now, one year since diagnosis, Charlie is in solid remission with two years left of treatment. We are truly blessed to have the Cancer Center for Kids in our backyard."

    In early spring, the Foundation rallied support for its mission during three community events. The March "Rage in a Cage" paddle tennis tournament pitted 100 registrants against each other for a good cause. After its annual dinner, the Ladies' Platform Tennis League contributed $2,000 in support of the Foundation. And, as he trained for the Long Island Marathon, Mr. Schmitt raised donations from local credit unions that gladly lent a helping hand.

    "We are so touched by the Schmitt family's kindness and incredible gift," said Maria Kavan, Development Specialist for the Cancer Center for Kids. "Their generosity enables our talented, dedicated staff to reach out to patients' families by continuing to provide our many valuable programs."

    "The Center has taken our son and family through the most difficult of times," added Mr. Schmitt. "For this we are grateful and passionate about creating and pursuing ways to continue funding this unique place of hope. And, we appreciate the heartfelt support from the community, our Foundation's loyal partners."

    For more information about the Cancer Center for Kids, please contact 516-663-9409. To support Charlie's Champions, log onto

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