In an effort to raise money and awareness for 7-year-old Nicholas Pedone, who is battling a rare form of cancer, nearly 1,000 community members participated in a 5K Run/Walk on April 7, raising almost $24,000. The fundraiser was organized by Pedone’s cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Cove High School.
The race began and ended at Glen Cove High School, on a windy, brisk Sunday morning. Participants were in good spirits as they crossed the finish line, and the runners included students as well as local figures such as Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Councilman Tony Gallo, and Judge Richard J. McCord. Nicholas covered the course in a golf cart, then ran the last 100 feet to cross the finish line.
Last fall, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, and the community has been coming together in a myriad of ways to show their love and support. Nicholas lives in Glen Cove and goes to Glen Head Elementary.
Famiglietti first mentioned the idea in a class he was taking called Community Action Using Student Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E) in the first semester of the school year. The purpose of the club is to raise money for a specific person or organization in need and donate proceeds to them. This event was originally scheduled for January but due to weather it was postponed.
Since the class was only one semester and ended in January, Famiglietti, determined to raise awareness for his cousin, continued to organize the event, with the permission of his teacher and school, along with Paulo Coelho, another member of the C.A.U.S.E class.
With Famiglietti’s hard work, he was able to get more than 500 participants pre-registered and more than 50 volunteers to help run the event. He also reached out to businesses and obtained Glen Cove Land Rover as the sponsor for this event. Additionally, he brought in a professional company to time the walk/run, allowing all the times to be posted by age group shortly after finishing.
Nicholas was diagnosed on November 2, 2012, and immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. His treatments are very aggressive and planned to last at least 1-1.5 years. He has had five chemotherapy treatments and has already lost all of his hair. Soon, he will go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a stem cell transplant, and will be there for approximately for month.
For info on his journey, the disease or to donate, visit www.nicholaspedone.com.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”