Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00
On Sunday September 22, at Eisenhower Park, Port Washington resident Kevin Conroy will be one of the recipients of the “2013 Run For Rob Courage Award.” This is the third year that the award is being presented. Voices Against Brain Cancer sponsors the upcoming “Run For Rob” charitable run/walk. The event was established three-years ago by the family of the late Dr. Robert Bernstein, a respected member of the Long Island community who passed away from brain cancer in 2013.
Although Kevin Conroy, 38, may not be present at the event because he has recently undergone surgery, he will most certainly be there in spirit.
Through his father John, Kevin said: “Getting by, doing your thing living one day at a time is doable especially when you really feel that the outside world really cares. Achieving this award “gives Kevin hope that he is not alone,” John Conroy continued. “He has always told me from the onset of his cancer that he wished he could go to every hospital and give the young boys/girls a hug and a good ‘way to go’ shout. For those older he admires their individual courage and just wants to say hi with a warm feeling inside that we shall beat this villain, just give us a bit more time. If he could scream out from within his little world he would just encourage everyone to trust in yourself and live every day the best that you can. Just get up and get on with it.”
Kevin is no stranger to challenges. At the age of 10 he was diagnosed with accousta neroma and lost his hearing. Kevin was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2007. He will receive the 2013 Courage Award for his strength in the face of his diagnosis and for his dedication to finding a cure for brain cancer. Kevin’s dad, Rob Conroy said that he and Kevin are still in California following Kevin’s second brain surgery to remove his brain tumor on August 13.
The Run/Walk is in memory of Dr. Robert Bernstein an obstetrician and gynecologist who began his medical career right here in Port Washington in 1980 in offices located on Vanderventer Avenue. Robert lived just 17 months after his diagnosis, which is average for people with Glioblastoma. Robert’s wife Roz Bernstein has made it her personal journey to raise research funds and to assist family members in coping with this devastating disease.
“Run for Rob” will bring together many members of the community including brain cancer survivors, medical pioneers and others who have been affected by this devastating disease –- all with the goal to help raise funds to further advance research. All proceeds from the event will go to “Voices Against Brain Cancer” whose mission is: “To find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.”
In addition to Kevin, the recipients of the 2013 Courage Award are: Mathew Carolan, Rhonda Fernandez and Anthony Greco.
Additional award recipients will be: Michael Schulder M.D. FAANS and Jai Grewa M.D. of the Long island Brain Tumor Center at NSPC. Each is receiving a Humanitarian award. Michelle Almalian NP and Louise Anne Purcell NP are receiving the Compassionate Care Award. The Muscarell Family is receiving the 2013 Vision of Hope Award and Louis Cotera the 2013 Youth Ambassador Award.
Each year, almost 3 million deaths are caused worldwide by brain cancer and cancer that has spread to the brain. Furthermore, brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20 and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39.
For additional information or to participate in the event on September 22 at Eisenhower Park go to www.voicesinmotion.org or Visit Voices Against Brain Cancer on the Web.