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Winthrop Announces Black and White Ball Honorees
March 3, 2017

Mineola, NY – The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that this year's honorees of the Black and White Ball are Justin Cohen of Woodbury; Ralph and MaryAnn Napolitano, formerly of Glen Head; and Marina Duszak of Ronkonkoma. The Ball is set for Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oheka Castle in Huntington. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center's comprehensive and essential psychosocial programs, which help facilitate a sense of well-being and improve the quality of life for a child undergoing treatment for serious disorders.

"We are delighted to have Justin, Ralph and MaryAnn, and Marina as this year's Black and White Ball Honorees. Each one has done so much in the fight against pediatric cancer, and we are thrilled to honor these extraordinary individuals who have been so dedicated to Winthrop," said Ashley Carlo, Manager of Winthrop's CCFK.     

Justin Cohen

Black and White Ball HonoreesJustin Cohen of Woodbury will receive the CCFK’s Philanthropic Youth Award.

Justin Cohen, a resident of Woodbury and current Junior at Syosset High School, will receive the CCFK's Philanthropic Youth Award. This prestigious award recognizes the merits of young adults in the community who put forth extraordinary efforts to benefit children treated at the CCFK. Through the organization he founded, Movies Heal, Justin has enabled pediatric cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families to enjoy a free movie experience during off-hours, providing a worry-free family excursion with limited public contact during a time when children's immune systems are most vulnerable.

Ralph and MaryAnn Napolitano

Former longtime Glen Head residents Ralph and MaryAnn Napolitano will be honored by the CCFK for their personal commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer. The Napolitanos, who now divide their time between Medford, NY, and Estero, FL, will receive the award along with their family. The Napolitanos established Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc. in 1994 when their son, Jason (Jay), was diagnosed with leukemia and successfully treated by physicians who are now practicing at the CCFK. For the past 19 years, the Foundation has supported a number of significant CCFK projects, in addition to the creation of the Jay's World Children’s Cancer Unit within Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center.

Black and White Ball HonoreesRalph (far left) and MaryAnn (center) Napolitano are among the honorees at Winthrop's upcoming Black and White Ball.

Marina Duszak

Black and White Ball HonoreesMarina Duszak will receive the CCFK's Spirit of Giving Leadership Award.

Marina Duszak, a resident of Ronkonkoma and a student at Connetquot High School, will receive the CCFK's Spirit of Giving Leadership Award. Marina turned her personal experiences with leukemia into a fierce determination to give back to other families impacted by pediatric cancer. She created Marina's Golden Heart Foundation in order to raise funds for local causes such as the CCFK. Since 2016, Marina has raised $20,000 in support of the CCFK's psychosocial services and programs, ensuring the availability of services like Child Life, Music Therapy, Child Psychology and Social Work for all of the Center's patients and families.

As the largest outpatient facility for children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, Winthrop's CCFK is at the forefront of treatment and research, and is a collaborative member of the prestigious Children's Oncology Group (COG), an international network of researchers and health providers. For more information about the CCFK, call (516) 663-9400 or visit For more information about the Black and White Ball and to purchase tickets or ads in support of the event and the honorees' efforts, please contact Ashley Carlo at or call 516-663-9400.