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CornerStone Vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 2016/Winter 2017
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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase
Two Siblings, One Medical Miracle
Growing for the Future: NYU Winthrop and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce Plans to Affiliate
Longtime Orthopedic Nurse Turns to her Own Institution for Care
Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care
Young Diver Recovers Quickly Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
NYU Winthrop Earns High Accolades from U.S. News & World Report
NYU Winthrop Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
Phoebe Lynn Lewis Foundation Raises Lung Cancer Awareness at NYU Winthrop and Beyond
Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection
Lieutenant Governor Tours New Research & Academic Center
NYU Winthrop Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NYU Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,009,000 for Research
31st Annual Golf Tournament Raises $635,000 for NYU Winthrop's Research Programs
Child Safety Tips for Grandparents
Local Foundation Committed in the Fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis Shows Generous support for ILD Research
"Bonding with Baby" Helps Siblings of Babies in the NICU
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Committed Support to Child Life
NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
The Franceschini Family Continues Decade-Long Tradition of Giving to NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Honors Apollo Family for Continued Benevolence
A Celebration of Life
Spreading Hope and Love
15 Years of Hope and Healing
Rock2Beat Red Carpet Party Supported by CME
Golfers Score a Hole-in-One for Kids with Cancer
Community Health Assessment Reveals Obesity and Chronic Disease Are Important Issues for Long Islanders
Garden City Girl Scouts Make "Surgi Dolls" for Young Patients
NYU Winthrop Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 Homecare Elite
NFL Player and NYU Winthrop Physician Team Up to Celebrate Survivorship with Special Brunch

15 Years of Hope and Healing

The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop celebrated its 15th anniversary and honored the Mendes Family as well as Philanthropic Youth and Spirit of Giving award winners Livia Caligor and Charlie Schmitt at its Tenth Annual Black and White Ball at Oheka Castle. Proceeds from the Spring event benefited the CCFK's essential psychosocial, child life and creative arts therapy programs, where over $190,000 was raised.

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    Charlie Schmitt & Family

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    Livia Caligor and Family

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    Livia Caligor and Charlie Schmitt

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    The Mendes Family - Honoree

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    Tenth Annual Black and White Ball at Oheka Castle

  • Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU Winthrop - Tenth Annual Black and White Ball

    Stewart Family (Mr. & Mrs. John Stewart)

After Gala Emcee and WCBS News Radio personality Sophia Hall welcomed guests, Center Manager Ashley Carlo introduced a compelling new video, 15 Years of Hope & Healing. Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK, thanked attendees and major Ball sponsors like The Volpe Family, Flushing Bank, and The Michael Magro Foundation for their generous support. He also spoke about the Center's focus on superior medicine and described its mosaic of family-centered services. 

Dr. Weinblatt presented Livia Caligor with the Philanthropic Youth Award for Vision and Innovation for enhancing the Center's mission with her creative talents. Ms. Caligor generously donates 100 percent of the profits from her fashionable sneakers, t-shirts and tote bags to the Center. She said she was inspired to "give back" by the strength and courage of kids with cancer. Spirit of Giving Leadership Award winner and former patient, Charlie Schmitt, was recognized for his community-wide efforts and charitable works on the Center’s behalf. Charlie organizes and promotes his family foundation's (Charlie's Champions) annual "Underage in the Cage" tennis event, and has advocated for kids with cancer among fellow students, faculty and administration at Garden City High School, recently initiating a new partnership with the school's Miracle Club. 

Dr. Weinblatt praised Ball Honoree, The Mendes Family, for their compassion, dedication and enduring commitment to Center patients and families. In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Mendes spoke of her daughter, Kayla's, cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Center. "We were led to Dr. Weinblatt and his team – what I can only describe as angels guiding us. Although our life, as we knew it would never be the same… it was the time and support during those long and difficult months that got us through."  In a letter written from her college dorm room, Kayla reinforced her mother's sentiments:  "The (staff's) constant positive attitudes and smiles made what can be a terrifying experience…less terrifying. They were amazing. They have become and will remain a big part of my life."