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Former Yankee Bernie Williams (center) with (l.-r.) Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop; Igal Fligman, MD, Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist; Linda Sweeney, CCFK Pediatric Development Manager ; Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; and Ashley Carlo, Development Specialist at the CCFK, at the fourth Annual Music Therapy Dinner benefiting the Music Therapy Program at the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital.
Event benefited the Music Therapy Program at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids

Rock 2 Beat Pediatric Cancer – “Heart and Soul,” the fourth Annual Music Therapy Dinner, held at the Inn at New Hyde Park on January 17, benefited the Music Therapy Program at the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital. A crowd of more than 250 pediatric cancer patients, families, and friends gathered for a night of music, dining, and dance.

Music Therapist Glenn Schifano, along with the CCFK’s young cancer patient “Jam Band,” created a dazzling musical program, inspiring the event’s “Rock” festivities. The year-long rehearsal process – from the children’s weekly ‘brainstorming’ dinners to their debut performance – was worth its weight in stardust. Their creative costumes, along with carefully staged choreography and ‘moves’ a Rockette would appreciate, brought the audience to its feet.

Special guest and former Yankee great Bernie Williams, accompanied by his Bernie Williams Band, ‘jammed’ with Schifano’s His Boy Elroy and one of the Center’s ‘star’ guitarists. Williams rocked the house with his signature style, to the delight of the children who crowded the dance floor to cheer him on. He also posed for photographs with the kids and their families, adding to the evening’s ‘red carpet’ ambiance.

CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney warmly acknowledged the philanthropy that made Rock 2 Beat possible, recognizing major event sponsors Charlie’s Champions Foundation, the O’Sullivan Children Foundation, Inc., and the McGoldrick Family. Dr. Mark Weinblatt, Director of the CCFK, praised the children for their amazing courage and theatrical talent.

The Cancer Center for Kids, part of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop-University Hospital, is Nassau County’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. The CCFK’s Music Therapy Program promotes health and well-being, helping patients and families cope with diagnosis and treatment through the universal language of music. Like most of the Center’s psychosocial programs, its essential services are provided free of charge, and are not reimbursed by insurance or government subsidies.

For more information about the Music Therapy Program at the CCFK, visit the Center’s website at, or call Linda Sweeney at 516-663-9400.

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