Raising Money for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research One Mile at a Time

At the finish line of Ocean to Sound Relay (from left to right: Ben Maltz, John Cummings, Louis Potters, MD, Alexandra Trinkoff, Martina James, Julia Cleere, Judith Heller)

GREAT NECK, NY  — Runners from the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute cancer.northshorelij.com were part of  the Step By Step Charitable Foundation www.stepbystepcharitablefoundation.org team that ran the annual Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay in September, part of a year-long effort to raise money to support pediatric brain cancer research.

Step By Step, which raises money to fight cancer by providing endurance training programs for runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes has chosen the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute as its exclusive beneficiary.

"We chose to partner with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute for many reasons,” said Joe Bencivenga, founder and president of Step By Step. “North Shore-LIJ is a prestigious healthcare system with hospital affiliates across Long Island, and at Step By Step, we like raising support for organizations on Long Island.

“More importantly, we recognize that North Shore-LIJ continues to build a world-class cancer program and our donations are going to expedite the research needed at the highest level.”

In exchange for endurance training from Step By Step, runners set fundraising goals for each event in which they participate, such as the Ocean to Sound Relay and the Long Island Marathon in May.

Step By Step will hold its end-of-year benefit on Nov. 6, honoring Mark Atlas, MD, Chief, Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program and Mark Mittler, MD, Co-Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery -- two of North Shore-LIJ’s most prominent physicians in the pediatric cancer field. 

“Through this new partnership, Step By Step’s support of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute will make a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families,” said Louis Potters, MD, Co-Executive Director, North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and Chair of Radiation Medicine. “The management of cancer is ever-changing, and with modern technologies and new advances in cancer genetics, cancer vaccines, surgical and imaging techniques and targeted therapeutics, the promise of safer, more effective cancer treatments and cures has never been more in sight. Step By Step shares our relentless commitment to innovation and to accelerating new breakthroughs, so that this promise becomes a reality.”

All money raised at this year’s benefit, the Ocean to Sound Relay and other races from this past year will support pediatric brain cancer research. Each year, the organization will join with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute to select a different form of cancer to highlight and support. Information on attending the gala can be found on the Step By Step website.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
The North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s mission is to serve the best interest of the community at-large and the Health System by providing the inspiration, opportunity and meaningful direction for donors, patients and leaders to link their vision, dreams and philanthropic support with our most worthy causes from the underserved and uninsured to the latest frontiers in medical technology and research. 

For more information, visit support.northshorelij.com

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