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Patients and their Families “Rock 2 Beat” Pediatric Cancer - Archived
February 16, 2015

The Sixth Annual “Rock 2 Beat Pediatric Cancer” Creative Arts Therapy Dinner was held on November 10, 2014, at the Inn at New Hyde Park. The event’s proceeds benefitted the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK), part of the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital. The event raised close to $41,000 and 225 people attended.

Under the direction of Music Therapist Glenn Schifano, this year’s musical event starred the Center’s “FAM BAND” and featured pediatric cancer and oncology patients, along with their siblings, who brought people to their feet with their performance of the song “Holding Hands.” This song, written and performed by the cast, has lyrics that reflect the feelings and fears of children facing the rigors of cancer, and those of their siblings.

“Cancer isolates our patients. It interrupts their lives on every level. Siblings, too, are often separated from brothers and sisters who are sick,” said Mr. Schifano. “And that’s where Music Therapy comes in. Involving them all was very special. They turned their sadness and frustration into song.”

Music therapy also embraces the families, offering parents a unique glimpse into their children’s world, where they can see them as regular kids interacting with others, all a part of this special evening.

“Thanks to the generosity of the CME Community Group Foundation, sponsors and friends, the curtain went up and was a rocking success,” said Linda Sweeney, CCFK Pediatric Development Manager. Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids, 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 Creative Arts Program promotes health and well-being, helping patients and families cope with diagnosis and treatment through the universal language of music. Like all of the Center’s psychosocial programs, the CCFK’s Creative Arts Therapy Program is provided free of charge and sustained by voluntary philanthropic support. It is an integral part of the delivery of care that makes the CCFK the most unique of its kind.

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


Courtney Allison
Publications Specialist
(516) 663-2234