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Profiles of Courage: Cindy Neunert, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Cindy Neunert, MD is a pediatric hematologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, she continues to see and treat her young patients. However, she is also using her expertise to help those directly affected by the coronavirus.

Maintaining Balance and Normalcy During A Health Crisis

BY Kadesha Washington

As we navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 health crisis, caregivers must stay informed and protect themselves and their families. Yet the constant influx of information can leave children and adolescents feeling confused and anxious. How can parents address their child’s concerns while maintaining a sense of balance and normalcy?

Supporting Patients and Families During COVID-19

BY Kadesha Washington

In the face of COVID-19, we know this is a very challenging time for our patient families. Worrying about the health of a sick child, while keeping the rest of your family safe, can intensify an already stressful situation. Hope & Heroes is here to help you navigate and stay safe!

2019 Annual Dinner Raises $1.2 Mil for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders

BY Kadesha Washington

Over 470 friends and supporters gathered at The Lighthouse (Chelsea Piers) for the Hope & Heroes Annual Dinner and raised more than $1.2 million for the pediatric oncology and hematology program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the most sought-after charity events, attracting support from financial and business organizations in the tri-state area.

Our Hero: Liam

BY Kadesha Washington

At just three months old, Liam was seriously ill. Suffering from a fever and gastrointestinal problems, his mother Mercedes took him to the hospital. Within a few days, Liam was on life support.

Our Hero: Jayden

BY Kadesha Washington

Born with sickle cell disease, Jayden would often suffer from infections, fevers, and crisis episodes. As he grew older, the disease would limit his ability to play his favorite sport – baseball.

Our Hero: Natalia

BY Kadesha Washington

Natalia Famous is a 20-something, young adult living with sickle cell disease – a blood disorder that severely weakens the immune system. She was born with the disease and at the age of 10, she suffered a stroke.

Our Hero: Zoey

BY Kadesha Washington

Imagine being an outgoing 9-year old girl who loves fashion and enjoys playing with your siblings. Then, you learn that you have cancer. That’s precisely what happened to Zoey.

Our Hero: Ian

BY Kadesha Washington

Ian was a healthy 4-year old visiting the dentist for his first teeth cleaning. After receiving a Novocain injection, a small bump appeared on Ian’s right temple. Over time, the bump grew into a tumor in his cheek and changed the shape of his face.

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