Written by Martha Boonshaft, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00
Thomas Wilk, son of Garden City Middle School science teacher Christine Wilk, is a cancer survivor and has attended Camp Adventure since 2007. It is a free one-week camp on Shelter Island for children and siblings who have/had cancer. It has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society since 1990. At the close of camp this year, the American Cancer Society no longer funds this program. It has been handed off to the current directors and will now be known as MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environment). The camp’s new motto is “We need MoRE Camp.”
Every year the elder Wilk and her son spend the summer volunteering their time to help get things ready for camp; doing everything from office work to loading trucks. “Since he is now well, we have always felt that it is our responsibility to give back,” commented Mrs. Wilk. “Whenever something needed to be done, we were more than happy to lend a hand to get the job finished.”
This year, the camp decided to create an award for a dedicated volunteer. This new tradition was to honor the volunteer who has gone above and beyond all others to make sure that camp ran well. Thomas and Christine Wilk were the first to be given this accolade that has been named “Wilking To Do MoRE” (Motivational Recovery Environment), after the first recipients. Mrs. Wilk explained, “This camp has made such a difference in my son’s life and mine, too.” The MoRE hopes that many people will step forward and be willing (WILKING) to do more so that they will always be a beacon for children in need.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.