Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
In memory of “Sweet Nicholas” Pedone, the Glen Cove City Council declared Aug. 30 to be Nicholas Pedone Day at last week’s meeting. Pedone died in May after a months-long battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. He would have turned 8 years old on Aug. 30.
“I didn’t know how great of a community this was” until Nicholas’ diagnosis, said Josephine Pedone, Nicholas’ mother. “We recognize all of your efforts and now it’s our time to give back.”
She said they are setting up a foundation in Nicholas’ name and will offer two scholarships in his name.
Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last fall, and in the months following, the community pulled together on several occasions to help raise money for his medical bills. In
April, a 5K run was held at the Glen Cove High School, a run that the Pedones and the city plan to continue on an annual basis. Mayor Suozzi presented a citation to parents
Josephine and Nicholas Pedone.
“We will do anything we can to keep his memory alive...it’s our time to pay it forward,” said Josephine.
The city also declared the month of September will be observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness month, a trend that is gaining popularity around the nation. The objective of
Childhood Cancer Awareness month is to help raise funds for research and offer support for families while raising awareness of the types of cancers that largely affect children, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Mayor Suozzi said that based on a suggestion of a resident, he felt it was important for the city to observe the month.
The resolutions passed unanimously, with several councilmen adding their thoughts.
“He will be missed,” said Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr.
Councilman Tim Tenke also noted how special Nicholas was, adding, “What’s more important here is to remember what still needs to be done.”