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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