CCFK Families Celebrate Life

Vol. 18, No. 3
Fall 2008

  • A Gift... Beyond the Gift of Life

  • 12 Winthrop Specialists Named to New York Magazine’s 2008 “Best Doctors” List

  • Cancer Center for Kids Moves to a New Home

  • Friends & Benefactors Annual Reception

  • Winthrop Helps Postal Clerk Get Some Sleep

  • Winthrop: A Gateway to a Top-Rated Kidney Transplant Program

  • DiStasio Family Makes Donation to NICU

  • The Center for Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions

  • New Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions: Easing Patients’ Burdens through a Single Coordinated Plan of Care

  • Golfing for the CCFK

  • Annual Gala Celebrates Winthrop’s Passion for Care without Compromise

  • CCFK Families Celebrate Life

  • Unique Program Helps New Mothers Cope

  • Saving Lives in Bolivia

  • Winthrop’s New Welcoming Ambassadors

  • Tenth Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Life

  • Bay’s Big Bash Does it Again!

  • Spizz Family Supports CCFK

  • Pediatric Unit Receives Quilt Donation

  • Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Makes Generous Donation to CCFK

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  • Hearing that your child has cancer is never easy for any parent. Yet, there is soul-stirring joy that comes when that child achieves remission.

    Levittown mother Donna Lippert is thankful to have experienced such joy.

    Ray Megliola with mother Debbie.
    Mrs. Lippert’s son Joe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 8 in 1999. Three and a half years – and countless chemo treatments and hospitalizations later – he achieved remission from the disease after being treated at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK).

    Grateful to the CCFK for the outstanding care that was given her son, Mrs. Lippert became a devoted supporter of the Center. Since 2002, she has hosted a special annual celebration that honors Joe’s successful treatment and raises crucial funds for the CCFK.

    “I wanted to help the organization that saved my child’s life, and help other families who were going through the same frightening process,” she said.

    The first annual Lippert Family Celebration of Life Dinner Dance attracted close to 300 people and raised $25,000 for the CCFK. The Lippert Family Dinner Dance has since become a popular annual celebration, with guests eagerly looking forward to the event each year.

    Donna Lippert with son Joe at the seventh annual Lippert-Megliola Celebration of Life Dinner Dance.
    In recent years, Mrs. Lippert has joined together with Debbie Megliola in honor of her son Ray’s successful treatment at Winthrop’s CCFK, further adding to the special meaning behind this annual celebration of life.

    On September 18, the families hosted the seventh annual Lippert-Megliola Celebration of Life Dinner Dance at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach.

    This year’s event was another outstanding success, raising more than $35,000 and bringing the Lippert family’s total fundraising efforts for the CCFK to more than $210,000.

    “We are truly grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that Donna Lippert has given to the Cancer Center for Kids,” said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the CCFK. “The generosity of the Lippert and Megliola families will benefit countless other families who are facing extraordinary medical challenges.”

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