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Profiles of Courage: Caitlin Constantino

BY Kadesha Washington

Caitlin Constantino is the Division’s educational liaison, helping childhood cancer patients re-enter school and working with families and schools to monitor academic and social progress. When schools in the metro NY region transitioned to online classroom learning amid COVID-19, Caitlin helped patient families adapt to those new changes.

Profiles of Courage: Dara Steinberg, PhD

BY Kadesha Washington

Dara Steinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychosocial program director at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. During the COVID crisis, she is utilizing telehealth to provide clinical services to children with cancer and blood disorders and their families. Part of her work includes helping them cope with the “new normal” brought on by the pandemic.

Profiles of Courage: Kristin Lieb, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Kristin Lieb, MD is a pediatric hematology & oncology fellow. She primarily works with child and adolescent patients in Columbia’s Division of Oncology, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation. However, when the opportunity to treat adult COVID-19 patients emerged she knew she wanted to help.

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.

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