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.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.