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A Survivor’s Family Helps Others

Once again, Charlie’s Champions Foundation has shown their unwavering support for the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital. On Halloween, Tara Schmitt, President of the Foundation, made a surprise visit to the Center bearing a very special treat – a check in the amount of $35,000, representing a $10,000 sponsorship for the Center’s Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer Music Event and a $25,000 gift to help further underwrite the Center’s psychosocial programs.

Present at the donation by Charlie’s Champions Foundation at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) were (l.-r.) Nancy Morreale, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Tara Schmitt, President of Charlie’s Champions Foundation; Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the CCFK; Glenn Schifano, LCAT, MT-BC, CCLS, Music Therapist at the CCFK; and Kim Krupka, Certified Child Life Specialist.

“The Center has taken Charlie and our family through the most difficult of times. For this we are grateful and passionate about creating ways to continue funding this uniquely nurturing place,” said Mrs. Schmitt. She and her husband, John, created Charlie’s Champions Foundation to honor their now 13-year old son, Charlie, a cancer survivor who was treated for leukemia at the CCFK. At the same time, the Foundation has forged a noble mission: raising awareness and funds to benefit the CCFK at Winthrop – Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders.

The Schmitts shared the challenges of Charlie’s illness with friends and neighbors. Thanks to their generosity and support from the Long Island community, the Foundation has raised more than $527,000 to benefit pediatric patients at the CCFK.

Charlie’s father, John Schmitt, is overwhelmed by the outpouring of individual and corporate support that Charlie’s Champions Foundation continues to receive.

“I am humbled by their generosity,” said Mr. Schmitt. “Contributions to Charlie’s Champions Foundation bring tangible help to Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids and to the children who are treated there each and every day. The amazing thing is that this remarkable care is right here in our own backyard.”
Vol. 22, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2012

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