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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 or contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400.
Vol. 22, No. 3
Winter 2012

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