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Skateboarding buddies raise money for pediatric cancer survivors

Cohen Children's Medical Center's Dr. Jonathan Fish (center) thanks (from left) Devin Votta, James and Sean Reilly, all of Levittown, for their fundraising efforts.
Cohen Children's Medical Center's Dr. Jonathan Fish (center) thanks (from left) Devin Votta, James and Sean Reilly, all of Levittown, for their fundraising efforts.

Ride 4 Life skateboarders fundraise for Cohen Children's

NEW HYDE PARK, NY —

Devin Votta, 24, of Levittown, LI, and three of his childhood friends have figured out the perfect way to carve for a cause.

On August 3 and 4, Mr. Votta and his friends – Sean, James and Steven Reilly, also of Levittown – will strap on their helmets and transform into the skateboarding team of Ride 4 Life: Carving 4 A Cause. The intrepid quartet will be hitting the streets of Long Island, starting their journey at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and ending at Montauk Lighthouse – a journey of more than 120 miles – as part of a fundraising effort to benefit Cohen’s SURFF (Survivors Facing Forward) program, led by Jonathan Fish, MD, director of the SURFF program.

For Devin, the difficult journey is the best way he can think of to pay homage to his beloved grandfather, Daniel Huggard, who passed away on April 30, 2017, from leukemia. Sadly, Devin was not able to say goodbye to his grandfather in time.

“Ride 4 Life will show that no battle is too tough, no road too far and no fight too strong when people work together for a cause,” said Mr. Votta. “We have set a fundraising goal of $5,000 to celebrate and honor the lives of these brave children.”

Paying it forward

During a brief visit to Cohen Children’s, Dr. Fish congratulated the team on their dedication and compassion and thanked them for their generosity.

“I can’t emphasize enough how appreciative we are to Devin and the Ride 4 Life team,” said Dr. Fish. “We know this will be a difficult trip. On behalf of the entire Cohen Children’s staff, and the hundreds of children we treat every year living with cancer, we thank you for this incredible act of generosity.”

To learn more about the team, or if you’re interested in making a donation, please see http://www.ride4life-c4c.com.

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