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Resident Joins curePC Courage Project

Elmont’s John Groenert helps spread word about pancreatic cancer

This November, in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, John Groenert of Elmont, along with an inspiring group of New York tri-state area residents, joined forces with The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, and Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and telecommunications company, to launch the curePC Courage Project. The curePC Courage Project is a series of moving online video tributes in honor of those impacted by pancreatic cancer and loved ones lost to the disease.

This group of people all has something in common: courage. It is the courage in how they live or lived their lives, the courage in how they still battle or battled this disease, and the courage in sharing their personal stories. The curePC Courage Project is part of The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s curePC campaign, which raises public awareness of pancreatic cancer through television, print, radio and online public service announcements.

John Groenert considers himself the luckiest man alive. He is a nearly five-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took his mother’s life 30 years ago. That’s why John joined with The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s curePC campaign to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer. John truly believes that research advancements gives others who are facing this disease hope that one day a cure will be found.

“John’s uplifting and courageous story inspires us all. We are extremely grateful to him and to the other curePC Courage Project participants for sharing their deeply moving personal stories in order to help raise awareness about pancreatic cancer,” said Kerri Kaplan, executive director of The Lustgarten Foundation. “Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease that is often detected too late. That’s why the Foundation is dedicated to funding research to detect the disease earlier, develop better treatments and to find a cure.”

To view and learn more about the curePC Courage Project, visit www.curePC.org.

Pancreatic cancer is swift and silent, often undetected until it’s too late, according to the foundation. The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 6 percent and most with advanced cancer die within a year.

There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure. According to published reports, It is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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