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September 23, 2008

Christina Renna Foundation to Hold Children's Cancer Awareness Day at Farmingdale State College

Blood Drive, bone marrow donor screening and 5K run to benefit children with cancer

The Christina Renna Foundation will hold the second Annual Children's Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, September 27 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Farmingdale State College's Great Lawn. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together for a day featuring family activities including: a 5k run, tug of war competitions, rides for the kids, an arts and crafts fair, and live musical entertainment. Attention will be focused on raising awareness about cancer - especially childhood cancers while utilizing the opportunity to raise funds to benefit cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.

The day's events will include a blood drive in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services and a bone marrow donor screening in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services and the Terry Farrell Bone Marrow Foundation.

Founded in January 2007 in memory of Christina Rose Renna, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research and furthering awareness and education through the support of and in collaboration with cancer groups and outreach programs for the direct support of those in need.

After a valiant 2½ year battle against Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood sarcoma, Christina succumbed to the disease just shy of her 17 th birthday. From the very moment she learned of her devastating diagnosis, bolstered by her family's love and support, Christina demonstrated unwavering courage and a steely determination to overcome her illness. In the face of setbacks, pain and fear, Christina remained resolute -- not only in her personal battle but more importantly in her crusade to raise awareness in the fight against childhood cancers and ensure that this crucial battle remain on the forefront of the nation's public health agenda.

If you wish to pledge to donate blood or be screened please call 631-225-1866 . If you wish to participate in the 5K run please call 631-225-2074.

 

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