Port Washington, NY – A group of teenagers gathers monthly around the table at the Marinelli household, but they aren’t there just to hang out or share a meal – they are painting birdhouses to help raise money for cancer research.
The group started “Hanging Out for a Cause” after the Marinelli children’s grandfather was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).
“I like participating in “Hanging Out for a Cause” because we all know someone who is struggling through something," said Christina Marinelli, 14.
Mom Marianne Marinelli said the kids’ grandfather has been responding well to treatment thanks to the care provided by Kanti Rai, MD, chief of the CLL Research and Treatment Program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
The Martinelli children and their friends sold 50 birdhouses at the Port Washington Harborfest on June 2 and will donate all $1,100 of the proceeds to the CLL Research and Treatment Center.
“I am grateful that I can help my grandfather and others with this disease while having fun with my friends,” said Nicholas Marinelli, 16, of his participation in the event.
Last summer, 11-year-old Julianna Marinelli presented Dr. Rai with a check for $400 donated from the proceeds of her handcrafted jewelry that she old at various events that support CLL.
Julianna, who hopes to be a genetic research scientist, simply sums up the feelings of all of her siblings.
“I am so happy to be able to do something to help my grandfather,” she said.
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