10th Annual Celebration of Life
On October 20, 2012, the front lawn of Bayville UCP in Bayville, NY, was the
site of the 10th anniversary of �Bay�s Big Bash: A Celebration of Life.� The proceeds
from this now legendary event, which celebrates the life and survivorship of
Bailey Ryan and the pediatric patients at the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at
Winthrop-University Hospital, benefit the CCFK � Nassau County�s largest outpatient
facility treating children with cancer and blood disorders.
The Bayville community, energized by a network of volunteers, supported the
Ryan/Lovegrove families in their efforts to create an Oktoberfest-themed festival
which featured a wide variety of traditional German foods like Wurstl (sausage)
and Brezeln (pretzels), along with an oompah band, raffle prizes, silent auction
items and children�s games and activities courtesy of Gooseberry Grove.
�The people of Bayville and Bailey�s family put a lot of love and hard work
into this wonderful day,� said CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda
Sweeney. �By transforming the park into a fair ground, they�re helping to empower
our kids in their fight against this terrible disease.�
From hayrides to pumpkin picking and a country store that sold pies and candied
apples, this Oktoberfest raised more than $31,000 for the Center�s psychosocial
programs. These services are essential to the emotional health and well-being of the
CCFK�s patients and are offered free-of-charge to children and their families.
�The doctors and staff at the Center got us through some really tough times,�
said Alice Lovegrove. �We will never forget their compassionate care.�
For information about the Cancer Center for Kids, visit www.winthrop.org/cck
or contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400.
Vol. 22, No. 3
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