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Little Superheroes Celebrate Big Accomplishment

Jack, five years old; Aedan, 22 months old; Jacob, 15 months old; and Colton, two years old recently helped people 20 times their age by assisting in passing a law. All were born with a congenital heart defect, and since April, they and their parents have met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and were interviewed in the media about their efforts to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law.  

Jack, Aedan, Jacob and Colton now don their red “American Heart Association Superhero” capes and celebrate the fact that Gov. Cuomo signed the Pulse Ox bill into law.  

The Pulse Oximetry test will be given to every newborn before discharge from the hospital. It’s a simple and non-invasive test that measures the level of oxygen in the blood stream. A low level can be an indication of a congenital heart defect, the most common kind of birth defect. Nearly one in 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect.  

“The sooner we identify a problem, the sooner we can treat it and let these children and their families lead the kinds of lives they imagined they would lead,” said Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Harm Velvis, a spokesman for the American Heart Association. “Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for seeing the sense and simplicity of conducting a pulse ox test on every newborn.” Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh and Senator Bill Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson, sponsored the Pulse Ox Bill.

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Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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