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Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Shows Continued Support for Winthrop

Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc., established in 1994 by Ralph and Mary Ann Napolitano to celebrate their son Jason's ("Jay") successful leukemia treatment, is committed to children and their fight against pediatric cancer. Their latest gift of $10,000, earmarked for Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids' (CCFK) programs and services, underscores a partnership that has enriched programs and services and helped provide advanced technology in the CCFK and construction of the Jay's World Cancer Unit in Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, thanks to their donations totaling close to $600,000 to date.

Ralph and Mary Ann Napolitano (left, second from right), founders of Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc., visited Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) to present their generous donation to Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, and Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the CCFK.
In 2004, Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation funded the 15,000 sq. ft. Jay's World Children's Cancer Unit at Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center - a pediatric oncology unit specially dedicated to caring for children with cancer. The Unit consists of five uniquely appointed rooms with sophisticated air filtration systems, sleeping accommodations for parents and other family-focused amenities. The Foundation also underwrote the complete blood count (CBC) Laboratory and the Practice Manager's office at the CCFK's expanded outpatient facility, along with a state-of-the-art Blood Lab Machine, laptop computers, essential medical equipment and scholarships for children who have or have had cancer and are planning to attend college.

"We are truly appreciative of Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation's ongoing support which has deeply enhanced the resources and offerings at the Cancer Center for Kids for the benefit of countless patients and their families," said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the CCFK.

The Napolitanos were recently recognized for their foresight, leadership and dedication to volunteerism at the 9th Annual Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Vol. 21, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2011

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