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Gregg�s Wings Golf Outing Scores Hole-in-One for Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids

On August 23, 2012, a golf outing at The Woodmere Club in Woodmere, NY, celebrated the memory of a very special little boy, and raised $45,000 to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop.

Gregg Kienke was born on January 14, 1984; several weeks later, cancer tragically took his life. Even though Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, and Philip Scimeca, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, were with him for a brief time, his parents never forgot their compassion and support.

Twenty-seven years later, at the suggestion of their sons Bryan and Michael, Debi and Bill Kienke, on behalf of �Gregg�s Wings,� decided to honor the care these two doctors provided by donating the tournament proceeds to the CCFK.

A full field of golfers gathered for a day of 18 holes followed by an evening that included dinner, raffles and prizes.

Debi Kienke, Director of Special Services in the Oyster Bay School District, said, �Being able to help other children and their families who are battling cancer is something we believe is important. It has been a hope of ours to support and help others who are in need.�

Dr. Weinblatt gratefully acknowledged the Kienke family�s grassroots effort and extraordinary generosity. �It shows that even a young child who was in this world for such a short time can have an impact, and do so much good for so many,� he said.

The family recently visited Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids to present representatives of the Center with the proceeds raised from the golf outing. Pictured at the check presentation are (l.-r.) Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at the CCFK; Bryan Kienke; Debi Kienke; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK; Bill Kienke; Mike Kienke; and Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Develop ment Manager for the CCFK.

The Second Annual Gregg�s Wings Golf Outing is set for August 22, 2013 at The Woodmere Club. For more information, visit

Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, and is the County�s only member of the Children�s Oncology Group (COG). For more information about the CCFK, visit
Vol. 22, No. 3
Winter 2012

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