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November 3, 2009

Farmingdale State Alumnus Drives Funds For Cancer Research Through Carol's Cause

Creates Two Programs to Back Additional Research; Honors Farmingdale Foundation Member

Carol's Cause
Patricia Hogan, RN, FSC nursing advisory board; Joann Slavin, H2M Labs; alumnus Joseph Laino; Dr. Linda Amper, OSI and a member of the Board of the Farmingdale Foundation

Carol's Cause, a not-for-profit organization founded by Farmingdale State College alumnus Joe Laino, is creating two additional awards to fund gynecologic cancer research. Carol's Cause will also continue funding an existing award for an outstanding research paper by a fellow.

These commitments were announced at the annual Peaches 'N Cream Gala, held this year on October 13. The event raised an anticipated $55,000, an increase of more than 130 percent over last year. This increase enabled Carol's Cause to initiate the new awards.

One award will be a target-specific research grant.  Its criteria will be developed by the Medical Awards Committee of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and Carol's Cause medical professionals. The other award will go to a student graduating from Farmingdale State's nursing program, whose students perform clinical duties at Winthrop-University Hospital. Its criteria will be established by the College's nursing faculty with oversight by Carol's Cause medical professionals.

This year, the event's honorees included Linda A. Amper, PhD., senior vice president in human resources at OSI Pharmaceuticals. Amper is a member of the Farmingdale College Foundation, which provides financial assistance to advance the purposes and development of the College.

Laino, a 1957 food technology graduate of Farmingdale, is president of Carol's Cause. He founded the organization to fulfill the dying wishes of his wife, Carol R. Laino, who wanted to help other women affected by gynecological cancer. Carol often referred to the Farmingdale nursing students as well as the doctors who treated her at Winthrop as her "angels."