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The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital received a $25,000 renewal grant from The Michael Magro Foundation to support its SOAR (School Re-entry and Ongoing Academic Resources) Program. Foundation President Terrie Magro generously collaborated with the CCFK to establish and fund this unique program, now in its fourth successful year to address the compelling needs of pediatric cancer patients and their parents.

The Cancer Center for Kids is the largest facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County; its membership in the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group (COG) enables the Center to participate in national protocols and offer its patients the most advanced cancer care.

SOAR provides individualized pre-and-post school re-entry support essential for young students with cancer and blood disorders. It is designed to increase each patient’s chances for a successful academic experience during and after treatment. For children to thrive in the classroom, they not only need a smooth transition or “re-entry” once they are ready to return to school, but they often require ongoing assistance, sometimes through their college years. The SOAR team – comprised of skilled Center physicians, nurses, child life specialist, social worker, and psychologist – works with and nurtures the patient, the family and the academic community, empowering the success of their collaborative efforts.

The Michael Magro Foundation honors the life of Michael Magro, and perpetuates his spirit by helping children and their families face the challenges of pediatric cancer. Creating innovative programs and expanding its outreach have put the Foundation at the forefront of Long Island philanthropy.

For more about the Foundation’s mission and programs, consult its website at www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. Information about the CCFK is available at www.winthrop.org/cck.