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CornerStone Vol. 27, No. 1, Summer/Fall 2017
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One Patient’s Vow to Live Healthfully
There’s a New Healthcare Force on Long Island
New Board Members Appointed
New Center Offers State-of-the-art Treatments for Varicose Veins
A Tradition of Giving: Local Family Gives back to Emergency Department, Once Again
National Recognition Once Again for The Children's Medical Center
NYU Winthrop Earns HBOT Accreditation with Distinction
Forbes Names NYU Winthrop One of "America's Best Employers" for 2017
Gold Standard for Inpatient Diabetes Care
More "Bests" for NYU Winthrop, CEO
Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First Responder
Cancer Survivors Day
The Need for Philanthropy By E. Ramone Segree, Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital
Inaugural President’s Circle Reception
32nd Annual Golf Tournament Raises over $560,000 for ED Expansion and Renovations
A Lifetime of Service: Board of Directors Honors Veronica B. Renken
Local Foundation Gives Back to Pediatric Patients
Grand Opening of NYU Winthrop Primary Care Clinic
Unique "Stop the Bleed" Course Offers Lifesaving Techniques
Beautiful New Artwork Lifts Children’s Spirits, Thanks to Generous Grant from the Encourage Kids Foundation
A Memorable Yuletide Ball
Love is in the Air
Milestone "Cause" Raises $110,000 for Child Life Program
Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing
Stella's Superheroes Unite to Benefit Cancer Center for Kids
A Most Generous Gift Lifts Spirits, Once Again
The Ride to Fight Kid's Cancer
Gregg's Wings Foundation Honors a Little Life in a Big Way
NYU Winthrop Named a Preferred Medical Partner of the New York State Troopers PBA

The Ride to Fight Kid's Cancer

Dr. Fabien Bitan on a cross country motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for children battling pediatric cancer and complex blood disorders at NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK)Dr. Fabien Bitan plans to ride cross-country on his motorcycle in honor of children and families battling pediatric cancer and complex blood disorders

In October 2017, Fabien Bitan, MD, will 'hit the road’ on a cross country motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for children battling pediatric cancer and complex blood disorders at NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). Dr. Bitan, a spinal surgeon and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will travel from New York to California along US Route 50, joined by two co-riders, Marlene Joy Hill and Pete Doody.

Dr. Bitan became a supporter of the CCFK several years ago, after learning of the successful treatment of a friend’s grandson by the clinical team at the Cancer Center for Kids, led by Drs. Mark Weinblatt and Philip Scimeca. Inspired by the Center's mission and approach to care, Dr. Bitan decided to expand his philanthropic impact on the Center by creating a foundation and giving greater meaning to his yearly motorcycle trips.

"I annually embark on a long distance motorcycle ride, which is a leisure activity that I greatly enjoy. To give more meaning and inspiration to my cross-country travels this year, I am aiming to raise awareness and funds for the CCFK in support of its clinical research efforts and support services for its young patients and families," said Dr. Bitan.

Dr. Bitan has cast a wide net of support for the CCFK, and to date, he has raised over $12,000 through friends and personal contacts. Bitan hopes to reach a goal of $50,000 by inviting corporate and foundation support into this meaningful journey.

"Dr. Bitan has done a remarkable job raising funds and awareness for the Center, even before embarking on this extraordinary journey," remarked Mark Weinblatt, MD, Director of the CCFK and Chief of NYU Winthrop's Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. "He is really 'going the distance' for our children."