Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00
Syosset High School’s student government will conduct a phone-a-thon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 to support vital research for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease affecting more than 30,000 people in the United States.
Students will volunteer their time calling families within their school district. Since 1993, they have raised more than $200,000.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In those who have CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, stopping natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene. Right now, there is no cure.
In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Through the development of treatments and drug therapies funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since its inception in 1955, the median age of survival has increased from five years to 37 years of age.
Recent scientific breakthroughs that target the basic defect that causes CF have supplied a control for the disease. This drug, called Kalydeco, affects 4 percent of the CF population. Similar medications are currently in human trials and, if effective, will help another 85 percent of those struggling with CF.
Nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised by students will be funneled directly into life-saving research.
You can also donate online to the Syosset High School student government’s Telegift program by visiting www.cff.org/great_strides/melvilleoffice.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.