Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
Dr. David Chalif, chief of neurovascular neurosurgery and co-director of the NSUH Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, will be awarded the 2012 Robert Bernstein Humanitarian Award at the event. Chalif, who saw Bernstein as a patient, said that despite a lot of medical progress over the course of his career, particularly in digital imaging techniques, the prognosis for patients with this often aggressive cancer is sobering.
“The treatment of brain tumors has made major advances, and the understanding of brain tumors has really entered a new phase. However, the survival from malignant brain tumors is still a very disappointing number to both neurosurgeons and families,” said Chalif, going on to say that the survival rate for patients with brain tumors hasn’t much improved from several decades ago. The neurosurgeon went on to say that in his opinion, the person who goes on to win a Nobel Prize in the neurosciences will be someone who makes a breakthrough that makes a significant statistical difference in that survival rate.
Like many in the field, Chalif hopes that if the current research—some of which is even being done at North Shore LIJ—leads to a new understanding of brain cancer, there could come a day when a once aggressive, malignant brain tumor could perhaps go into remission for a decade…or two.
“When that day comes, that will be a major breakthrough, and we have not yet come to that point,” said Chalif.
Chalif credits Dr. Michael Schulder, who will also be honored at the Run For Rob, and Dr. Mark Symons, Ph.D at North Shore LIJ, for doing the kind of research that could lead to a critical breakthrough in brain tumor treatment. Symons is currently researching how tumors move and invade.
As of this writing, 17 teams of participants have registered for this year’s Run For Rob, and the event has already raised over $30,000 for brain cancer research. In addition to Chalif, the event will also honor Michael Schulder, M.D., FAANS, vice chairman, department of neurosurgery and director, Brain Tumor Center at the Cushing Neuroscience Institute; Margot Miller; Jason DiCarlo; Jeffrey Treuman; Gary Goldberg; Ginny Bautz; Fatemeh Zanjanian-Tehrani and Cheryl Stasky.
“It’s the type of thing, getting a brain tumor, that frequently comes out of nowhere, and that was the case for Dr. Bernstein,” said Chalif, noting that people aren’t as aware of brain cancer as many other diseases, yet it still affects tens of thousands of people. However, he sees events like Run For Rob as a step in the right direction: raising awareness about the disease, while also helping to make people aware of the exciting potential benefits of funding cutting edge cancer research; there could be an incredible breakthrough just around the corner.
The 2nd Annual Run for Rob will be held at 99 Quaker Meeting House Road at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale on Sunday, Oct. 28. Registration beings at 9 a.m., and the run/walk will begin at 9:45 a.m. Members of the community are invited to form teams, or join an existing team, in order to raise funds for brain cancer research in Dr. Bernstein’s memory. To connect with an existing team or start your own, visit www.voicesinmotion.org/runforrob.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.