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On August 23, the Woodmere Club in Woodmere, New York, was the site of a golf outing that celebrated the memory of a very special little boy, and raised $45,000 to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital.

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 the doctors provided by donating the tournament proceeds to the CCFK.

A full field of golfers gathered at Woodmere 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 has been 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 the Center with the money raised from that day. Pictured at the check presentation are (l.-r.) Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (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 Development Manager for the CCFK.

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), a prestigious international consortium of collaborating hospitals recognized as leaders in the treatment of childhood cancers. For more information about the CCFK, access its website at

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