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Cancer Center for Kids "5k Family Fun/Walk Run"

With the memories of the seemingly never-ending winter now fading, and with spring beginning, it's time for the Winthrop University Hospital's 4th Annual Cancer Center for Kids "5k Family Fun/Walk Run." Once again, the event will be held at Jon's Park on Grace Avenue, Sunday morning, May 1.

Thanks to the selfless support of our committee members, corporate sponsors, merchants, and our participants, this year's event promises to be the most varied and exciting walk/run yet! The generosity of the corporate sponsors, a wonderful mix of past and new contributors, cannot go unrecognized.

"Canon," with corporate offices in Lake Success, is a co-sponsor. Canon will donate one of their digital cameras and printers.

The entertainment emporium "Strike" has been a major sponsor since the very beginning. Not only have they made a generous donation, they are also lending their support to other aspects of fund-raising.

Super Enterprises, Distributors of Marvin Windows and Doors are a family run business located on Long Island. The family has been a generous sponsor since the inception.

"Tiger Schulmann Karate" and "New York Health and Racquet Club" once again are onboard. Mike Stein, Deshi (instructor) at Tiger Schulmann, will be at the walk/run, leading all interested kids in an exciting interactive demo. Mike observed that this important community event was a perfect setting for "the karate philosophy of teaching traditional values such as honesty, compassion, and generosity." The Manhattan-based NYHRC recently chose Great Neck as its premiere Long Island location. Manager John Wertenbach once again wasted no time in demonstrating NYHRC's commitment to the community.

Edna Mashaal, a generous sponsor, has served the real estate needs of the community for over 20 years (two of those years as Edna Mashaal Realty) and believes that supporting the Cancer Center's children and families is a wonderful way to thank the community.

Penny Preville, a local award winning designer, is once again donating another dazzling diamond necklace. Her beautiful pieces are among the most sought after raffle prizes.

Tom Gubitosi again made a significant donation in his mother's memory through the "The Marie Gubitosi Foundation," which was established to aid local underprivileged children. Tom is the original owner of Coldstone Creamery in Great Neck.

This year's activities, food and entertainment will be unprecedented. The legendary "DMC" will be attending for the teenage sector and there will be strolling characters for the younger set. Yoga, stretch and massage will be available before and after the walk/run.

All of the raffle prizes and gifts are donated by merchants from Great Neck and surrounding areas. Along with all of our fabulous baskets, there will be a raffle for a Trek Mountain bike and a Yankee "Fan-tastic Basket" with two skybox tickets to a game of your choice along with other memorabilia.

This year the walk/run is in honor of Genelle Taney and her family. Genelle, a Great Neck teenager who recently died from cancer, embraced and lived her life to its fullest. Genelle was loved and admired by everyone who knew her. Genelle was treated at the Cancer Center for Kids and she attended and supported many events, always happy to give of herself, always inspiring everyone who crossed her path. The entire community will be coming together to support the family, as well as the Cancer Center.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the walk/Run kicking off at 9:30. Starting at 11, there will be a free shuttle bus available to take all participants directly to the Great Neck Village Crafts Fair. Look for posters and brochures throughout town so you can pre-register and get a free t-shirt! For further information or to make a donation in Genelle Taney's honor or to the Cancer Center at Winthrop University Hospital generally, call 663-9409 or 663-9549. See you there ... rain or shine!