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Steve Lavin to undergo cancer surgery today


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of St. John's University

St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin will undergo surgery today to treat his prostate cancer which was diagnosed last fall.

Lavin, entering his second year on the Johnnies sideline, coached the Red Storm to their most successful season in a decade last year. It was only after the season that the school announced that the 47 year old had been diagnosed with an early stage of the disease during the season.

“The advantage of early detection is that we were afforded the time to research all options,” said Lavin. “After weighing treatment options with the experts at Sloan we have decided surgery is the best path to take for my particular prostate cancer condition.”

Lavin is expected to return to his coaching responsibilities after a short recovery period. The season kicks-off on October 15 with the team’s first practice following a tip-off event the prior night.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s chairman of the Department of Surgery, Peter T. Scardino, M.D. will perform the surgery. Scardino said that the coach should make a quick and full recovery. It is also highly likely that this treatment will eradicate the cancer, the doctor said

Lavin has involved himself with organizations promoting cancer research and awareness for the past decade, including Coaches vs. Cancer and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

As part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend, Lavin wore white Nike Air Force Ones during the Johnnies upset of Duke to help raise awareness and support the American Cancer Society. Claiming comfort and not superstition, Lavin continued to sport sneakers during games for the remainder of the season.

The Johnnies enter the season looking to build on their success of a year ago when a senior-laden team reached the NCAA tournament. The year’s team features just one returning player – junior guard Malik Stith – and includes seven freshmen.

WATCH Street Talk: How will you remember Steve Jobs?


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chairman of Apple, died Wednesday at the age of 56. The Queens Courier hit the streets to see how locals will remember him.

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dead at 56


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who helped revolutionize the digital age, died Wednesday. He was 56.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the company said in a brief statement. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Jobs battled the disease as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down this past August.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg remembered the innovator saying, “America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.”

Bloomberg added that the city’s government and everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives “harnessed Apple’s products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively.”

Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976 before being ousted by the company nine years later. Following his firing, Jobs pursued other avenues, which included purchasing Pixar, before returning to Apple in 1997 and ushering in a 15-year run where the company revolutionized personal computers, music and cell phones.

In September, Forbes Magazine estimated Jobs’ wealth at $7 billion.

Jobs is survived by his wife and four children.

Committed to a cure


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

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One fateful morning in December of 2010, Darcy Novick’s life changed forever.

Like thousands of women before her, Novick was diagnosed with breast cancer, shattering her reality and leaving her unsure of the future.

“It’s like your world is coming to an end,” said Novick, a 46-year-old Bayside resident. “You think the worst. You think that you are going to die. The days after I found out were the worst days of my life.”

After the initial shock was over, Novick quickly focused on getting healthy. She began chemotherapy and radiation, and had a lumpectomy this past February. Now that her treatments have ended, and Novick is no longer fighting for her life, she has turned her attention towards a different battle – the battle for a cure.

Novick is organizing “Laugh for the Cure Comedy Night,” a fundraiser on October 14 at the Bay Club, located at 1 Bay Club Drive in Bayside.

Comedians Richie Minervini and Mitchell Walters, as well as musical performers Peter Mazzeo and the Hit Squad are all volunteering their time for the event. A “Comedy Night” raffle will also be held, during which guests will have the opportunity to win donated prizes, such as gift certificates to restaurants and two round-trip tickets on JetBlue.

Two days later, on October 16, Novick will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Walking with her will be the “Bosom Buddies,” a group of 50 people, including her parents and sister, who she assembled for the fundraiser.

Every dollar collected from both the comedy night and walk will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“We’ve been completely amazed with the things Darcy has done,” said John Link, director of special events for the Queens office of the American Cancer Society. “She’s doing it for all the right reasons – because she wants to be a part of something great and find a cure for breast cancer. She’s really been a big part of the success we’ve had in Queens.”

According to Link, Novick is not only the top fundraiser in Queens, but she is currently top five in the entire country. She has already raised $18,101, and the Bosom Buddies are the top group, with a total of $23,940. If the team reaches $25,000, they will become the first Queens group ever to do so.
Along with raising money, Novick emphasizes the importance of raising awareness.

“I caught the cancer early, because I go every year for a mammogram,” she said. “I think people procrastinate in making an appointment for a mammogram, but it is really important to go every year. I wanted to organize the ‘Laugh for the Cure Comedy Night’ in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, but also to raise awareness for all women.”