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At the Sixth Annual Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids’ Black and White Ball, Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK (center) presented the Stewart Family with a token of appreciation for their long-time support. Pictured (l.-r.) are Lauren, John, Liz, and Courtney Stewart.

Pictured at the Sixth Annual Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center for Kids’ Black and White Ball are (l.-r.) J. Edmund Keating, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations at Winthrop; Marion Keating; John P. Broder, Vice President of External Affairs and Development at Winthrop; John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and Chief Executive Officer; Cathy Collins; and Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.
On Saturday, April 26, The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital hosted its Sixth Annual Black and White Ball at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, New York, where more than 350 guests helped raise nearly $275,000 to benefit the CCFK’s psychosocial and creative arts therapy programs. These essential services support the Center’s “home-away-from-home” environment which nurtures the child and strengthens the family.

The event, emceed by WCBS Radio’s Sophia Hall, a long-time CCFK supporter and volunteer, honored First National Bank of New York CEO John Stewart and his family, who are long-time Center benefactors. Mr. Stewart eloquently described his daughter Courtney’s heroic journey and his family’s experience at the Center. “It has been a place that is populated by the most dedicated, knowledgeable and caring healthcare professionals in the world who happen to be treating the bravest children on Planet Earth and supporting their families,” he said.

John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO, congratulated the Stewarts, describing them as “the heart of the CCFK’s ongoing crusade against pediatric cancer.”

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, presented the Stewarts with a special award, thanking them for their tireless dedication to the Center’s mission. He also recognized John and Tara Schmitt of Charlie’s Champions Foundation, and Ali and Richard Volpe, Premier and Feature Sponsors respectively, for their extraordinary generosity and fundraising efforts on the Center’s behalf.

A video created by CCFK patients as part of the Music Appreciation Program, underwritten by the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, was the highlight of the evening.

“All of our patients show bravery and courage beyond their years. Serving the emotional needs of our patients is an integral part of the Cancer Center for Kids’ mission,” said the Center’s Pediatric Development Manager, Linda Sweeney.

The Cancer Center for Kids, a member of the prestigious national Children’s Oncology Group, is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. For more information about the CCFK, contact Linda Sweeney at (516) 663-9400 or visit

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