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10-Year-Old Organizes Fundraiser That Raises $12K

Andrew Khafif helping child through St. Baldrick’s Foundation

It’s one thing to help a friend in need. It’s another to help someone you’ve never met.

The latter applies to Old Westbury 10-year-old Andrew Khafif, who formed “Team King Khafif” and fundraised more than $12,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that supports childhood cancer research.

“The money we raised will go toward research grants. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more childhood cancer research than any other organization other than our U.S. government,” said a smiling and well-spoken Khafif, who got by with a little help from his friends.

Nearly 30 young boys and girls from Old Westbury ranging from ages 6 through 12 raised money to benefit a little boy diagnosed with a brain/spinal cord tumor in January 2010. On June 3, many of the boys and their fathers volunteered to shave their heads at Head Rush Salon in Roslyn Heights, while the girls and their mothers cheered them on and provided moral support.

“We are honoring a little boy named Stuart M., who was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer while on a ski vacation with his family. Stuart has undergone three rounds of chemotherapy plus three additional rounds of high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue.

“My team and I realized how lucky we are to have our health. Let’s all make a difference,” Khafif said to his fellow team members at Head Rush Salon.

Christine Bonti, one of the owners at Head Rush, said she was “proud to be a part of it” and noted how the boys would be excited for their new clean-cut look, just in time for summer.

Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross presented citations to the altruistic group and commended Andrew and Team King Khafif on their accomplishment.

“We all sometimes go through life and take for granted that we’re healthy. It’s not until you hear about somebody that spent so much time in the hospital that we realize how lucky we all are. In the scheme of life, when you don’t have your health, you really don’t have anything,” Gross said, who also thanked Andrew’s mom, Leslie Khafif, for doing a “remarkable job” in the effort.

“Even after the event. It doesn’t mean you have to stop helping other people. You have a whole team together now that can help you do anything. This goes to show it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can do anything you put your mind to,” Gross said.

To donate on behalf of Team King Khafif visit,­page/79041/2012.