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Northsider Skates For A Cause

Singers and skaters from all over the country recently gathered at Bryant Park in New York City, for the annual Sing and Skate Against Breast Cancer benefiting the Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary. 

 

Participating in this year’s event, 8-year-old figure skater Hiram Cowhey of Farmingdale took the opportunity to showcase his skating skills alongside former Olympic athletes. Currently attending Northside Elementary School, Cowhey said he spends most of his spare time skating in the hopes of one day going pro. 

 

“It was awesome,” Hiram said, “I wasn’t nervous at all.”

 

According to his mother, Shivonne O’Brien, Hiram first noticed his passion for the ice three years ago, after she had signed him up for an instructional program offered by the Town of Oyster Bay. Since then, Cowhey has competed in several events including the 2013

Lake Placid ISI competition, where he won several medals. He will also be competing in the upcoming Empire State Winter Games, from Feb. 6 - 9, in Lake Placid.  

 

At this year’s Sing and Skate event, vocalists Marieann Meringolo and Broadway’s N’Kenge performed live as athletes skated around, in synchronicity with the music. Olympic skaters would join the broadway starlets for an hour-long performance to raise money for

Jacobi’s Breast Patient Navigation Program, which helps guide patient’s recovering from treatment.

 

“It’s so great to have live music in a wonderful setting like Bryant Park,” said Bari Cenname, a breast cancer survivor who produces the benefit for the Jacobi Medical Center.

 

While this was Cowhey’s third consecutive Sing and Skate fundraiser, the event had meant much more than it ever did in years past. After learning that a classmate’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Hiram felt a need to help raise donations for the program. 

 

“I know people get cancer... but it was new, because I didn’t know anyone with cancer before,” Hiram said. “It felt good that I could help.”

 

As of press time, the Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary has raised roughly $11,000 for the program—$1,000 more than last year’s fundraiser. In addition to his help with the Jacobi Medical Center, Cowhey enjoys getting to mingle with stars and celebrities attending the event and is looking forward to participating in next year’s performance.