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Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids Receives Special Visit from LL Cool J and Family - Archived
January 11, 2012

On December 20, 2011, the Shag boutique in Roslyn held a trunk show featuring the jewelry of Simone Smith, wife of well-known rap musician LL Cool J (James Todd Smith). Attendees of the trunk show at the boutique were encouraged to donate gift cards to be presented later to patients and families being treated at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). The event garnered a tremendous outpouring of support for the CCFK, and as a result, LL Cool J, along with his family and Randi Butwin, co-owner of Shag, decided to spread even more holiday cheer by paying a visit to the Center and hand-delivering the gifts.

The visit elicited smiles of surprise and delight from patients, parents and the CCFK staff. The family not only gave the gift of their time, they left books, selected by their children, under the playroom holiday tree and distributed the gift cards to the Center’s patients.

While LL Cool J chatted with patients and their families, Ms. Smith talked to the CCFK staff about the jewelry she designs and produces, with sales benefiting cancer treatment and research.

“We are so grateful to Shag and LL Cool J and his family for their generous donations and for taking the time to visit with our patients. Their compassion was truly heartwarming,” said Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop.

The mission of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital is to provide each child with the best possible chance for recovery through superior medical care in a nurturing, outpatient setting. Positioned within the framework of Winthrop’s broad-based pediatric medical and research programs, the Center meets the complex needs of its patients and families with an uncompromising dedication to safeguarding and enhancing lives.

For more information about Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids, visit or call (516) 663-9400.

Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
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LL Cool J, along with his wife, Simone Smith, their children, and Randi Butwin, co-owner of Shag, joins staff at Winthrop after visiting with pediatric patients