Kite-Flying Festival Raises Awareness about Childhood Cancer

 

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    Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital Holds "Soar for a Cure"

     

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., September 1, 2011 – Let's go fly a kite at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook on Saturday, September

    "Soar for a Cure" is a high flying way in September to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Stony Brook Children's pediatric patients and their families.

    24, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. "Soar f or a Cure" is a free kite festival to help raise awareness about childhood cancer, as September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Pediatric cancer patients, their families and friends will take part in the festival, sponsored by the Sunrise Fund of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital.

    "Soar for a Cure is a wonderful way for Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital and the entire community to join together to celebrate the strides that have been made in treating childhood cancers and support the work of the Sunrise Fund," says Jeanne A. Greenfield RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

    At the event there will be an informational table on childhood cancer and the Sunrise Fund. Each child/young adult will receive a kite to fly. Adults interested in flying kites are also welcome to fill the sky with kites of all colors during the festival.

    Other activities for children include decorating kites and face painting. There will be live music, and goodies include popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream. AmeriCorps students from Stony Brook University dressed in costumes, such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Elmo, will entertain the young ones.

    For more information and to participate in "Soar for a Cure," contact (631) 444-4000 by September 16, 2011.

    About the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital  

    The Sunrise Fund was created in 1999 as a grassroots organization by concerned parents of patients. Through the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital, the fund raises money to establish numerous initiatives to help children fighting cancer and lend support to their families. Doctors, nurses, child care specialists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals make up the Sunrise Fund team.  

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