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Walk to raise funds for Flushing toddler’s chemo


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott’s life changed in March, when doctors discovered a lemon sized tumor in her toddler’s brain.

“They said in a week, he would have died if he didn’t have the surgery,” she said.

Her 3-year-old son Alex now faces at least six months of aggressive chemotherapy after the cancerous brain tumor was removed.

Hundreds in the community will come together at Kissena Park Lake to “Walk for Alex” on June 8.

They will raise money to help pay for some of Alex’s medical expenses as the Flushing family tries to bring order back into their lives.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday, with registration opening an hour in advance.

“It’s amazing how the community steps up,” said Kimberly Scott, 29. “I haven’t been able to work at all and my husband works intermittently. This helps us out fantastically until we get back on a good work schedule.”

The Scotts, who have two young sons, were billed $49,000 for the surgery alone. They do not know how much of that will be covered by insurance. They are also facing fees for hospital stays and chemo.

“How our life was before is how we want to keep it now,” said Scott, a medical assistant. “I don’t want to have to sell my son’s Wii so I can pay the Con Edison bill.”

The mother of one of Alex’s classmates organized the walk, which has also received support from the Knights of Columbus, the International Nursery School and a number of charities. The groups hope to raise at least $5,000.

“I called her crying and thanked her so much,” Scott said.

While Alex suffers painful mouth and stomach sores, his mother said he has shown great perseverance.

“He should be having problems with speech, and he doesn’t,” Scott said. “He should be having weakness, but he doesn’t. He’s defying all the laws of cancer.”

Alex also has a huge post-surgery scar on his head, but does not have to worry about it so much since his father got an identical tattoo on his head.

“To me, that was the sweetest thing a father could do,” Kimberly Scott said. “Alex didn’t like everyone looking at him. He’s never going to be the only person with this thing on his head. Daddy will always have one too.”

 

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Bellerose woman helps sick kids with superhero cape campaign


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A Bellerose law student is crusading to turn sick kids into superheroes, one cape at a time.

Evgenia Soldatos, 23, has started a campaign to give handmade superhero capes to the nearly 100 patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

“I hope it’ll bring them a sense of empowerment,” Soldatos said. “They’ll have a superhero mentality that they’re indestructible.”

St. Mary’s serves special needs, critically ill and injured children who battle complex and life-threatening medical conditions.

“They can fight whatever comes their way,” said Soldatos. “They’re going to feel like they have a shield around them, like nothing can hurt them at all.”

The campaign, called “Capes for Kidz,” has raised $500 so far. However, Soldatos said she needs $5,000 to complete her mission.

It was inspired by Seattle mom Robyn Rosenberger, who sews superhero capes for children living with disabilities or serious illnesses, and a rambunctious boy called Jayden.

Soldatos said Jayden lit up St. Mary’s by “zooming around the lobby” every day in his red Spider-Man costume up until he passed away about five years ago.

“I felt like that was what was keeping him going,” said Soldatos, a former St. Mary’s volunteer and receptionist. “That’s what brought him happiness in the short life he had. I know he is now the best-dressed angel in heaven.”

Jayden would get bothered, Soldatos said, when people asked him why he was wearing the costume.
He would say he was there to save the world, she said.

“These kids don’t know they’re sick,” Soldatos said. “I hope this is just going to make them feel that way even more. For the most part, I want happiness to help them fight the disease.”

To donate, visit www.youcaring.com/capesforkidz.

 

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Glen Oaks elementary school donates to military veterans


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A Glen Oaks elementary school has donated $1,000 to military veterans.

Youngsters at P.S. 115 presented a check to Services for the UnderServed (SUS) on Friday, March 15. The funds were allocated for SUS programs that support the country’s veterans.

“It really touches an old man’s heart,” said Howard Wheeler of Elmhurst, who served 22 years in the U.S. Navy. “It means so much to us that you all, as young as you are, have the mind to think of others than yourself.”

The pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students raised funds through a bake sale and a school dance. They then worked with AmeriCorps, a federal government program focusing on community service, to connect with SUS.

“It’s an extraordinary gesture on their part,” said Kevin Burke, the school’s parent coordinator. “These children are our future. It’s very important that they recognize the history of our country and know there are people that commit themselves in protecting our country.”

P.S. 115 plans to hold another bake sale at the school on April 22.

“It’s a very, very selfless act,” Staff Sergeant Nicole Robinson of the Army Reserves said to the students. “You guys are future soldiers for change. You did a very good thing.”

 

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Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

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Laughing Devil hosts fundraiser for Colorado shooting victim


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of supportcaleb.com

While increased security at local movie theaters and debate over gun control brought the Aurora, Colorado, shooting closer to home, a Queens comedy club came together to raise money for an aspiring comedian who was injured during the rampage.

On Monday, July 30, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City hosted a fundraiser for Caleb Medley, a victim of the Colorado “Dark Knight Rises” shooting that left 12 dead and wounded nearly 60 others. Medley, an up-and-coming comic, was shot while protecting his then-pregnant wife who gave birth shortly after the massacre to the couple’s first child, Hugo.

Scott Sharp, Laughing Devil’s manager and a Colorado native who knew Medley from the Denver comedy circuit, described the wounded father as an “incredibly nice guy who loves comedy.”

The fundraiser formed quickly with the assistance of Laughing Devil manager Steve Hofstetter. The club runners decided that instead of hosting a comedy showcase, constricted by the venue’s limited seats, the event would instead be a laid-back evening of “hanging out at a bar with a lot of very funny people.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from ticket sales and 50 percent of all drink sales were donated to help pay the uninsured Medley’s hospital bills, which could reach an estimated $2 million.

The event raised roughly $1,000. According to Sharp, many people donated even if they were unable to attend. He said they just wanted to help someone in need.

“It shows how the comedy community rallies for one of their own,” said Sharp. “It shows how people want to help someone in need, especially someone in their own field.”

According to Hofstetter, outcry from the comedian community has been insurmountable and thousands of dollars have been donated to help Medley and his family from comics across the country on the fundraising website, www.supportcaleb.com.

“When one of us suffers, we all do,” said Hofstetter.

 

Delicious way to raise money


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Eat chocolate, raise money?

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend when the Rotary Club of South West Queens hosted a chocolate fundraiser for the community-based Our Lady of Grace Ministry of Care and Service Food Pantry.

For the price of admission, attendees were able to indulge in treats such as M&M pancakes, chocolate pancakes, chocolate chip muffins, and chocolate cookies and brownies.

There was also a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, pretzels and even marshmallows. Home-baked chocolate truffles were also available. To wash it all down – chocolate milk, of course. Chocolate-themed movies were also played on a big screen for the children to enjoy.

“This was a great idea! Job well done,” said Senator Joseph Addabbo, who brought his wife and two girls to the gooey fun.

To learn more about the South West Queens Rotary Club, visit www.southwestqueensrotary.org, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SWQRotary.