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Because of you… kids are living Healthier Lives. Are you listening? Do YOU believe in miracles?
September 9 & 10, 5:30am-7pm
What: Tune in to the BLI Cohen Children’s Medical Center Radiothon for stories of hope and courage from Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Because of you, kids are living healthier lives. The radiothon supports children and their families who depend on the world-class care Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides. For two days, BLI will break from its normal all-music format to broadcast stories of hope and courage.
Who: The BLI Cohen Children’s Medical Center Radiothon is powered by Westbury Toyota.
Why: Your support directly impacts the children and families that depend on the world-class care Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides.
How: You can help BLI raise awareness and support for Cohen Children’s Medical Center by:
4-year-old Cecilia Rice is a regular patient at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Cecilia is a triplet - and at 5 days old, she began having seizures and suffered a Grade IV Intraventricular Hemorrhage (in layman's terms, a life-threatening brain bleed).Cecilia was given a 50/50 chance of surviving, and if she did survive, it was likely (80% chance) that she would be in a wheel chair, would be unable to speak, and would be severely mentally handicapped. The NICU at North Shore University Hospital called in the Cohen team of neurology and neurosurgery specialists to care for Cecilia. From the brain hemorrhage, Cecilia developed a life-threatening condition called Hydrocephalus. After a 6 week stay in the NICU, Cecilia had brain surgery to install a VP shunt, which would drain the excess fluid. It is a device she will need her entire life and will most likely need to have multiple surgeries throughout her life, due to device malfunctions and/or infections. The good news is that she is beating all the odds - thanks to her incredible team of doctors at Cohen Children's Medical Center!
Maddy is 16 years old and is battling Cystic Fibrosis. Despite hospital stays and home health care, Maddy remains positive and active, and does not let Cystic Fibrosis prevent her from living her life to the fullest. Maddy continues to play competitive field hockey and is on the Strong Island Field Hockey team. She is an ideal example of not letting an illness get in the way of one’s dream- playing in the Junior Olympics and being recognized as an All State player, along her sister Frankie. Maddy was also featured on ESPN in an interview about athletes who have overcome obstacles and on the USA Field Hockey website promoting their Future’s Program.
At the age of 9 years old, Jake was experiencing back and knee pain during soccer practice. Little did he know that this pain was autoimmune disorders, Spondyloarthritis and Fibromyalgia. Due to treatment and the efforts of the doctors and nurses at Cohen Children’s Hospital, Jake is living a full life, showing care and compassion for others. Jake has received awards from his school and NY state, acknowledging his commitment to service and forming connections with others. As only a freshman in high school, Jake has his own DJ business, where he plays at multiple venues. He also serves on Student Government and on the Executive Board of Student Advisory Committee, which further demonstrates Jake’s ambition and dedication to service.
Gianna Schulper was born with a rare heart defect, an anomalous left coronary artery, which prevented blood and oxygen from reaching her heart, causing her to faint. Due to the efforts of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, surgery was performed, allowing Gianna to lead a healthy life doing what she loves the most- dancing. Her first words after surgery were, “Can I dance?” which would have not been a reality without the heart surgery that she received at Cohen Children’s. Today, Gianna dances six days a week, and performed at her national competition only months after her surgery, winning the National title of Miss Teen Starbound, and Miss Star of Hope benefitting the Dancers Care Foundation , which supports children with cancer.
Molly was diagnosed with Pre-B, High Risk ALL at 2 ½ years old. Despite chemotherapy treatment and initial setbacks, preventing Molly from having a smooth treatment, she continued to inspire children and their families every day who are battling cancer, and still does so today. Due to her resiliency and inspiring story, Molly is often asked to speak at fundraisers and media events to bring awareness about pediatric cancer. She was selected as the “state champion” to represent NY State for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and had the opportunity to travel with Miss America to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals. Molly has a passion for music and the arts, playing the guitar, violin, piano, and ukulele, performing the lead roles in theatrical productions, and studying dance of many genres. Molly has a fervor for life and continues to dedicate her time to improve the lives of children with cancer.
Teddy is 8 years old and has been through more hardships in his lifetime than most adults have been through in their entire lives. Teddy was born severely premature, weighing less than two pounds during the earliest stages of his life, suffering from brain hemorrhages and seizures. Teddy endured 21 brain surgeries in 24 months, totaling over 30 in his just 8 years of life. Despite brain surgeries and shunt replacement, Teddy remains positive with his outgoing personality, intelligence and communication skills wise beyond his years, and continued perseverance.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at ccmc.northshorelij.com
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