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HOLIDAY Heroes 2018

Welcome to this year’s special edition of Holiday Heroes.
The Board of Directors and the entire Staff at CURE Childhood Cancer Association
would like to wish our friends and families a joyous and healthy holiday season.
Year after year I am blown away by the amount of support we receive
through our annual Holiday Heroes campaign. Not only for the
donations that we receive, but more importantly for the recognition
of individuals who have impacted those around them: the heroes. And
these incredible heroes come in all ages at various stages in life, from
young to old, from the beginnings of their lives to the end. These heroes
listed in this special insert have made this world a better place and we are
truly humbled by the opportunity to publicly recognize them.
The Board of Directors and entire Staff at CURE Childhood Cancer
Association would like to send warm holiday greetings to you all.
Wishing the spirit of love gently fills your hearts and homes.
The holiday season is flooded with good tidings, good deeds, happiness,
but most importantly, with hope. With the approaching new year, hope
is an overwhelming feeling — hope for a better year, hope for renewal,
hope for good fortune. Right here in the Rochester area, we at CURE We hope you will look through our “Holiday Heroes” messages and think about
Childhood Cancer Association hear stories of hope regularly. CURE how you can help to bring hope to local families and make this world a better place
“I think a hero helps local families coping with childhood cancer and chronic blood for all people. YOU can join us and Messenger Post Media in bringing hope into
disorders. Our organization is rooted deep in Rochester, with our the lives of families this new year. Hope for financial assistance when financial
is any person founders being local Rochester parents who experienced childhood burdens seem too much to bear. Hope for improved health for a sick child. Hope
really intent cancer first hand and found they had needs that were not being met for a cure.
during their respective journeys. CURE Childhood Cancer Association
on making this was created with the intention of providing financial, educational, To all of our heroes, may you be filled with peace and love of the season.
emotional and social assistance to children and their families coping CURE is here thanks to your support.
a better place with childhood cancer and chronic blood disorders and has been Warmest Regards,
for all people.”
Holly Dutcher
servicing local families for more than forty years.
— Maya Angelou Without the support of everyday heroes — members of the community,
volunteers, local organizations and businesses — we would be unable
to continue providing the essential services that our families have come Executive Director
to rely on.

CURE IS HERE Because kids can’t fight cancer alone!
CURE Childhood Cancer Association — an independent this path in July, 2017. Thankfully, we were not alone! CURE was especially exhausting for a family coping with a childhood cancer
local 501(c)3 organization — was founded over 40 years there from day 1 to help us navigate every step of the way. We or blood disorder diagnosis. The assistance from the Angel Fund
ago by a group of Rochester-area parents who lost their are so grateful for the parent advocates, volunteers, and all the helps families to manage through this very difficult time
children to cancer. By banding together, they formed “behind the scenes” people working to ease this huge challenge in The Program Coordinator works to bring social activities to
a community of help, support, and advocacy — for our lives!” — a CURE parent CURE families throughout the year. In June, over 300 people
themselves and for others. Administered by CURE, the Agnes K. Mackey Fund was attend our annual “Survivor’s Day Picnic” at Genesee Valley
From offices at 200 Westfall Road and work with the established in 1986 in memory of Agnes K. Mackey, who was Park. This CURE-sponsored event provides an opportunity to
doctors, nurses, social workers and others at Golisano a strong supporter of CURE. The fund provides assistance all children and families with a history of childhood cancer or
Children’s Hospital at Strong, CURE’s mission today to families who need help with both routine expenses such as chronic blood disorder to come together and celebrate life with
continues, providing children and their families emotional, utility bills, medical co-pays, gas and other expenses while their music, lunch, games and entertainment — an important way
financial and educational support throughout their entire children are ill as well as catastrophic expenses. Through its for families to connect with each other. In December, CURE’s
journeys — from the time of diagnosis, during treatment parking voucher program, CURE saves families up to $50,000 annual holiday party offers children a chance to receive a gift,
and after. annually by covering parking expenses for families whose have dinner and see other friends. The party is supported by
Our beginnings are humble and we continue our humble, children are hospitalized and for outpatient clinic visits. BENTE, a Union of Support Workers for the Rochester City
approachable mentality even forty years later. A snapshot In 2013, we partnered with our friends Marc and Roberta School District, which has worked with CURE for over 25 years
of highlights from the foundation of CURE are included Johnson to establish the Angel Fund, which provides emergency to bring this annual celebration to the children.
below: financial assistance to families. Expenses for this fund typically While CURE was founded under the principle of parent
In 1976, a group of Rochester area parents who had include utility and rent bills, but also can include important advocacy, we wanted to ensure all aspects of parent advocacy
lost their children to cancer recognized a critical gap in household items such as new beds for CURE kids. Everyday were covered. As such, our Parents’ Night Out events began in
community services for parents of childhood cancer expenses can be financially exhausting for any family, but late 2016. We have held 11 Parents’ Night Out events where we
patients. These grieving parents believed more help was encourage our parents to interact while also enjoying a night
necessary for the families of sick children, especially to away from the chaos of everyday life — coping with having an ill

address their emotional and social needs. They distilled child and everything in between — and most importantly, have
these needs into four words: Counseling, Understanding, fun! The goal is to help foster relationships between parents and
Resources and Education. to create a network of support for our families.

During the 1980’s, one of the first accomplishments CURE’s success as an organization relates equally to the
of CURE was the publication of the CURE Family commitment and compassion of volunteers, the quality of
Handbook: a guide for families traversing the frightening CURE’s programs and services, the outstanding work of its
maze of childhood cancer and its therapies. professional staff, and the financial support of CURE’s donors.
While world-class medical care is available in the Rochester
area, patients and families need more than medical care
to cope with what are chronic and often life-threatening CURE Childhood Cancer Association
childhood diseases.
200 Westfall Road • Rochester, NY 14620
In 1985, CURE recognized the need to provide families
with someone who could relate to the unknown world of
585-473-0180 •
childhood cancer, its treatments and challenges: a Parent
Advocate, a position to be filled by a parent of a childhood
cancer survivor.
“Your (Parent Advocates’) faces, survivor stories and
that very first bag of goodies you brought us that very first
hospital stay made the biggest impression and made us feel
like someone really does care about our family. We felt your
care from Day 1.” — a CURE family
Since then, CURE has funded the Parent Advocate Support CURE
position, the cornerstone of our client services and
resources. In 2015, the position expanded and we now
employ two individuals in the position. Working closely
with the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
at Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Parent Advocates’
Cancer Assoc.
primary responsibilities are to meet each family soon after
their child’s cancer or chronic blood disorder diagnosis to
by making For more than 42 years CURE
share information about hospital procedures, community
resources and to offer emotional support — all from the a donation has been helping children
and families who have been
perspective of a parent who has been there.
CURE’s Parent Advocates serve as an integral part of each this holiday! touched by childhood cancer
child’s treatment team, acting as a liaison between families and blood disorders.
and hospital staff. At the time of diagnosis, most families Visit our website
are not prepared for their child to begin a long-term Because Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone!
hospital stay and treatment. The Parent Advocates are
there with a Comfort Bag filled with items for the family to CURE provides:
assist with their stay, the CURE Patient/Parent Organizer Mail donation to:
— an essential tool to help families stay organized during CURE Childhood • Emotional support and programs
a hectic time in their lives, and, most importantly, their Cancer Association • Emergency financial assistance for families
friendship and advocacy. CURE assists families with • Educational support for children transitioning
financial help during hospitalizations and beyond with the 200 Westfall Road
help of the Parent Advocates and the Social Workers at the Rochester, NY 14620 back into school after hospitalization
hospital. Call 585-473-0180 To learn more about how you can help, call CURE
“Walking with your child through cancer treatment is a at 585-473-0180 or go to
journey no one would choose, but we found ourselves on
HOLIDAY Heroes 2018

• Gianluca Falbo • In honor of Sara
• Christina Scahill • Our friends at Race With Grace
Cornerstone Group • Our friends at A.P. Enterprises
Property Services, thank you
for your continued support.
— Thank you for your time,
talents and dedication toward
our families
• In honor of Ryan Corbett
and his beautiful girls
• Hooray for Mason Purdy!
• Kali Schrader
• Justin Rabjohn — Love G & G
• Giving to CURE in honor of
of Wells Fargo Advisors Merry Christmas! • The Cornerstone Group of 5 years cancer free! Kailee Kwiecien!
• Nosh — great food, even better Wells Fargo Advisors — your • Amanda Martin from • In honor of families
people. Thank you for your kindness toward our families Christian and Kaye Reyn with survivors
kindness towards our community is appreciated beyond measure
• Eastside Little League —
in memory of Amanda Conrow SILVER LEVEL IN MEMORY OF
• Greg, love and miss you always • Kenny, we still miss you
PLATINUM LEVEL IN MEMORY OF —The Haffens more each day
• Lynda Smith, My Angel • Nicholas C. Braell
• Eric Fant and Molly Fant • Mark Christopher Tubbs — Love Dad • Daniel T. Wheat
• Thomas Mark Ehrman • In loving memory of John Sturge • Johnny and John Soper • Mark Dillon
• In loving memory of Willie Rago — Thank you for your dedication • Ryan Brooks
to children with cancer and • Remembering Kristin Houser
• John F. Marren, Sr. • Nicholas Christian Braell • Forever our hero, Willem Bolan
their families
• Angelus, Ron, Tony, Rose • Kelli Snider Graves, • Rory O’Neill
• In loving memory of
and Christie always in our hearts
Jason Latham — You continue
• Julie Roberts, our hero — to inspire others and make
the Roberts Family a difference
We are proud to support the • In loving memory of SILVER LEVEL GREETINGS
Sebastian Bradley
CURE Childhood Cancer Association • Happy Holidays from • To our great friends and
Jack and Carol Hennessy neighbors, Sora and Marv Sachs
in honor of all our clients, especially those • Holiday Greetings • Holiday Greetings from the
whose lives have been touched by cancer. PLATINUM LEVEL GREETINGS from Karen Jensen Genesee Valley Henrietta #2290
• Merry Christmas to the Phillips, • Holiday Greetings to our friends • Season’s Greetings from Loyal Order of Moose
1200 Pittsford Victor Road Dobson & Pellegrini heroes! at Penguin Life Safety Corp. Dr. Morton and Diane Stein • Happy Holidays from
You’ve made a difference Thank you for ensuring our • Happy Holidays! Richard and Jane Constantino
Pittsford, NY 14534
• Sending love to the Sewell children have a great Survivor’s from Christine Howard • Season’s Greetings
585-249-1711 Day Picnic year after year from Sally Beecher
Family. Merry Christmas. • Happy Holidays, from Thank you for your support! • Happy Holidays to our friends Hans and Maureen Grashof • Warm Holiday Wishes from
• Happy Holidays, Brighton at Masci Electric. We continue Joseph Gaudio
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Securities. Thank you for all you to be humbled by your kindness.
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC do for CURE families Thank you
• Holiday wishes from • Sending warm holiday greetings BRONZE LEVEL IN HONOR OF
Graham Corporation to our friends at local Lion’s
Clubs. Thank you for thinking • Anders Swanson • Our heroes: Diane Donoghue
• Happy Holidays, NRG! and Joan Cooper for their many
of our CURE kids and their • Healthy grandchildren
families! and great grandchildren years of dedicated service and
— Marcia Meyer support to CURE’s children and
familes. Love, The Gallis Family
GOLD LEVEL IN HONOR OF • Ryan Corbett — Our hero
Love Gramma and Grampa • Love to Alissa Ingerick
• Przepiora Family • Kailee Kwiecien • Stacey Russell Lane • In honor of Emma Mae Pollock.
supports CURE! • In honor of Ed and Nancy Sewell. — Always my hero So happy CURE was there for
• In honor of There’s no better way to celebrate us, when we needed them
• Wheat Family
Amy Heusinkveld-Baer Giving Tuesday than to donate for you!
• Richie Basler
• Colin Leathersich to CURE and to remind you • In honor of Ian Mech.
guys how proud I am for all • Aunt Amy is so proud CURE, thank you for
and Elyse Cushman
of the work you did to start of Justin Rabjohn supporting our little Ian and
• Nancy Caroline Robbins
this organization and change • Lily Merritt his family and other children
• My parents — You inspire us and the lives of countless families! with cancer and childhood
• Shay Monks
teach us to embrace and Love you! illnesses
appreciate life.
• To our sweet Sam Gigliotta.
Love Sandy and Sally Constine
We love you! Love, Gramma BRONZE LEVEL IN MEMORY OF
• Thomas Swanson — and Poppa xxoo
Our Hero Forever 28 years and counting! • We miss you, Bobby — • Ryan McPhee
more each day. Love you always “Christmas love being

• Sammy Alimentato,
you will forever be our hero.
sent to you.”
— G & G McPhee

Roberts • In loving memory of Frank
and Sarah Molinelli. Happy
• John Sturge
• Bill Purdy
Love, Mom and Dad
• Kari Moynihan and Tom Burke
• Merry Christmas, Conner
Newcomb. We love and
miss you every day. Until
The Roberts Family Holidays the Miner and
• Megan Moldenhauer
• Arthur L. Yaddow, Jr.
we meet again. Love, Aunt
Molinelli Family • Michael Purvee Jade and family
• Jeff, our special angel.
• John and Carmella Nuccitelli • Flanigan Family • Kenny Clar from
Love Mom, Dad, 4M’s and J
• Sam and Vita Cravotta • Julianne LaMonica Mom, Dad and the 5 K’s
In loving memory of • Teddi Mervis
• Kenny Clar, precious one.
Love, Uncle Don and Aunt Millie • Merritt Storm • Kenny Clar from Mom and

ScottInand John Sturge • Thomas M. Ehrman • Kennedy Ann Bucklin — • Merry Christmas, Dad, sisters and brothers
— Always in our thoughts We miss you everyday Ryan McPhee! • In memory of Tony Payton,
loving memory of • Kenny Clar and we will love you forever — Love Mom, Dad Husband and Father

Scott andinJohn
our hearts.
— Your bright light shines
• My granddaughter,
• Patrick Stone, always in my heart
• Johnny and John
and Shannon
• Terry Federation, our angel
• In memory of Lisa Isaac.
Miss you, sister from
Staci Lynn Baxter • Patrick Carr another mister
• Laura Lynn Knapp,
• Christopher Bland, in our hearts My Butterfly Girl
Forever in our hearts. • Sue — forever in our hearts.
Love, Mom and Dad
• Licia Park — We miss you so,
you will always be in our hearts
• Billy Busler — • In memory of our sons • Happy Holidays from • Holiday Greetings from
Love Mom, Denny and Jenny Larry and Lee Benedict Melissa Donner John Habes, Jr.
• Daughter, Staci Baxter — • Kenny Clar. Your light still shines • Season’s Greetings — • Happy Holidays from
Love Mom and Bill
• Shaun Smith, love forever, Doris and Adam Albright Elmer and Doris Ernisse
• Peter W. Pierleoni and Family, Grandpa Bob • Niccolo James Sciarratta • Season’s Greetings from
Churchville, NY
• Shaun Smith, our superhero. • Happy Holidays from David Arnold
• Matthew Roman, forever in We love you. Mom, Dad and Matt Charles Burroughs • Holiday Greetings from
our hearts. Love, Mom and Dad
• For love of Patrick Brian and Kelley Donachie

The Wayne County
• Merry Christmas! • Happy Holidays Children’s Cancer
from Joe DiFabio from Robert and Fund have
• Happy Holidays Elaine Zinnecker dedicated themselves
— Ilene and Harvey Cohen • Season’s Greetings to help children with
• Warm Holiday Greetings from Richard and Kristina Bald cancer and their families
from Katherine Vahey Mueller • Holiday Greetings for the past 16 years.
and Family from Margaret and Dara
The WCCF’s
• Happy Holidays
from Theodore Heinrich
• Happy Holidays
— David and Joanne Lankford Thank you donations have
and Laura Reitter to the helped support
• Warm Holiday Greetings
nearly 100 families
• Holiday Greetings from Tyrone and Margaret Heath Wayne County since 2002
from Christopher Asbury • Holiday Greetings Children’s in Wayne County
from Susan Salzman
Cancer Fund making a
for your tremendous impact.
Hakuna Matata. dedication!

Julie Roberts In This
Children’s Season of Hope
Our Children In
CURE Childhood Loving Memory
In Appreciation
In Memory Cancer Association
of Jimmy For All You Do
Remembering Hannah and the of 200 WESTFALL RD. Colleen & Steve
inspiration she is to so many. Love, Saunders
Sending love to the Metzler Family. Brian Weniger Mom and Dad