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Katharine DeSanti

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My Mission:

Hi! my name is Katharine Isabella DeSanti.

I was born at NYU Langone 17 years ago, and I'm thrilled to be able to give to back to an institution whose doctors and staff helped me enter this world; healthy and happy.

Prior to my birth:

This was my Mom's 6th pregnancy and I was their last shot. Prior to my arrival she had suffered five miscarriages over a span of 4 years, and after a perfectly healthy pregnancy with my brother. She was told they'd try something new, and hopefully it would be the answer. Everything was fine up until the 29th week, at which time she was hospitalized for monitoring and prescribed bed rest. Thankfully, I waited to make my entrance until week 38, with no complications or health issues. I attribute this to my mother's doctor, Dr. Genevieve Sicuranza, and the nurses and staff at Winthrop Hospital, now NYU Langone.


That is why I'm very excited to continue to help support Teen Project and Charlie's Champions Foundation's this year and ask for your donation. Teen Project was started by my cousins Steven and Matt Spirakis, and I'd like to continue in their efforts.

I'm extremely lucky to have my health, and it's important to support and give back to those like myself who need our help, even if its just to see them smile. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!


The backstory:

Teen Project was founded in 2014 by Steven and Matthew Spirakis, who learned that the hospital often receives toy donations for young patients, but seldom receives appropriate gifts for teen patients. To expand Teen Project, the brothers partnered with T.J, Luke and Tanner Schmitt of Garden City-based Charlie’s Champions Foundation. The foundation was established by the Schmitt family in honor of Charlie Schmitt, a cancer survivor who was treated at the NYU Langone Cancer Center for Kids—Mineola.

As the largest outpatient facility for children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) is at the forefront of treatment and research. NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Child Life Program is dedicated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. For more information about the Cancer Center for Kids, and the Child Life Program at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, visit www.nyulangone.org/locations/nyu-langone-hospital-long-island


This campaign supports: NYU Langone Cancer Center for Kids – Mineola

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