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KiDS of NYU Langone 2015 Springfling Gala Raises Over $1 Million

More Than 350 Guests Honor Jill and Ronald Sedley and Mark A. Steele, MD

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that it raised over $1 million at its annual KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala, held Wednesday evening at The Plaza Hotel. This year’s event honored Jill Sedley, board member of KIDS of NYU Langone, her husband Ronald Sedley, President and CEO of Ronpak, and Mark A. Steele, MD, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at NYU Langone. 

The Sedleys were honored for their long-standing dedication to NYU Langone and for supporting children’s health services. 

Ron Sedley, Dean and CEO Dr. Robert I. Grossman, Jill Sedley, and Dr. Mark Steele

Honoree Ron Sedley, Robert I.  Grossman, MD, dean and CEO NYU Langone, and honorees Jill Sedley and Mark Steele, MD at the KiDS of NYU Langone 2015 Springfling.

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Dr. Steele, a leading pediatric ophthalmic surgeon in the region, was honored for his contributions to the health and wellbeing of vision impaired children, particularly for his incredible success in pediatric ophthalmology and surgery for strabismus (misalignment of the eye). Dedicated to providing kid-friendly and family-focused care, Dr. Steele believes "Giving children the opportunity to see the world the way everyone else does, is one of the greatest gifts I could ever give, and it makes me love the work I do."

KiDS Chair Alice Tisch opened the speaking portion of the event, introducing the night’s Master of Ceremonies, Chief Medical Correspondent for CBS News Jon LaPook, MD, who is also the Mebane Professor of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, and professor, Department of Population Health at NYU Langone.

Patient speaker Jeannie Uyanik shared about an acute neurological event her son Sami experienced, which caused him to see double. Diagnosed with a condition called 6th Nerve Palsy, Sami’s focus in school and ability to play chess and soccer was greatly impacted. Mrs. Uyanik expressed her gratitude for the gift of sight that Dr. Steele returned to her son by saying, “Thank you for giving him the ability to see that chess board again and, more importantly, for changing a little boy's life forever.”

Proceeds benefit KiDS of NYU Langone to enhance clinical and supportive care for children at NYU Langone, foster research into childhood illnesses, and promote an atmosphere that is sensitive to the unique needs of children and families.   

Additional special guests in attendance included: Ellie Block, Susan Block Casdin and Alex Casdin, Samara and Adam Cohen, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman, Stephen Mack, Antonio “Nino” Magliocco, Randi and Boaz Sidikaro, Carla Solomon, PhD, and Susi and Peter Wunsch.  

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