Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
Eisenhower Park was filled with the laughter of more than 700 pediatric cancer survivors and family members that gathered on Sunday, Sept. 23 for the inaugural Les Nelkin Pediatric Cancer Survivors’ Day hosted by Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) of New York. They cheered as the event’s keynote speaker, New York Giants’ linebacker Mark Herzlich talked about his own successful battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
When he was diagnosed at age 21 before starting his senior year at Boston College, Herzlich was told that he would not be able to play football again – and might never run again.
“I decided that I wasn’t going to let cancer beat me,” Herzlich told fellow survivors. His dream of playing football pushed him to not just be a survivor, but to “be a thriver.” A three-year cancer survivor, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in February during his rookie season, Herzlich encouraged attendees to “fulfill your dreams.”
The event, made possible by the support of Ruth and Harold Nelkin as a way to honor the memory of their son, Les, attracted former child cancer patients of all ages. They included Tracy Vicere, who is celebrating 22 years of survivorship after being diagnosed at age 16 with two different types of cancer, Hodgkin’s Disease and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. CCMC was her home away from home for months. Despite the difficulties of treatment, she had the support of her family and made many great friends with the hospital staff and her team of doctors.
“I felt I was saved for a reason and am thankful to give back to Cohen through my foundation, Friends and Angels: The Tracy Vicere Foundation,” Vicere said. The foundation hosts fundraisers to benefit the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at CCMC.
As a leading center of pediatric oncology, CCMC sees approximately 200 new cases of childhood cancer every year. Thanks to improvements in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, there are more than 300,000 children, teens and young adults in the United States who are survivors of childhood cancer and require ongoing care. To help meet the complex needs of survivors, CCMC pediatric oncologist/hematologist Jonathan Fish, MD, created the Survivors Facing Forward Program (SURFF).
“Though we cannot choose our challenges,” Dr. Fish said, “Survivors Facing Forward will help survivors face the unique concerns ahead, and will advocate for your well-being and serve as a resource.”
Survivors also know the importance of a positive attitude, a fact evident in the smiles of the hundreds present on Sept. 23.
To make a donation to support the Division of Hematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, visit https://support.northshorelij.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=999.
Saturday, 25 May 2013 00:00
The Community Emergency Response Team program helps individuals prepare for emergencies—large-scale ones like Superstorm Sandy and smaller ones like minor fires. The program’s new classes start in June.
Team Director Michael Arcari said the sessions help people know what is needed in an emergency situation and how they can help others. It also provides knowledge on how to assist first responders and groups like the Red Cross.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.