2013 SIUH golf and tennis outing to honor Kids Against Cancer

Staten Island University Hospital will honor Kids Against Cancer (KAC) at its Golf and Tennis Classic Sept. 23, at the Richmond County Country Club, Dongan Hills.

Founded in 1983 by cancer patient Michael Grillo, KAC initially started out as a one-man crusade to provide toys and happiness to young cancer patients confined to the hospital during the holiday season.

Nearly three decades later, KAC continues to bring holiday cheer to hospital-bound children in the New York area, including Staten Island University Hospital. Through individuals and organizations that support KAC, Grillo’s organization has helped fund projects at SIUH, most notably $250,000 in donations for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

In addition, KAC has widened its scope to provide financial assistance to families of young cancer patients for healthcare costs and educational needs of the patient. KAC’s long-term goal is to provide care to pediatric patients in a setting that is not associated with their illness.

The golf outing will begin with morning registration at 6 a.m. for a 7 a.m. shotgun start. Afternoon golf and tennis will begin with 11 a.m. registration, followed by a luncheon and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start for golf and 1 p.m. tennis tournament.

A reception at 4 p.m. will be followed by dinner.

Cost of play and dinner for each golfer is $450; tennis is $250. Dinner only is $150. Proceeds of the event will benefit the development of the renovated Children’s Cancer Center of SIUH. For more information, call 718-226-6331.

Co-chairs for golf are: Dr. Theodore Strange and his wife Valerie, and Ed Mandrik, founder and CEO of the Have-A-Heart Foundation. Tennis co-chairs are Dr. Paul Albano and Anne Marie McDonough.

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