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Good News: Young Superhero Gets Help from Local Justice League Before Chemo

A look at some of the inspiring headlines from around the region this week.

Surfers race against time to grant six-year-old's wish to go surfing. (Photo: Amanda Lindner)
Surfers race against time to grant six-year-old's wish to go surfing. (Photo: Amanda Lindner)
Here are some of the inspiring stories of the week, where community members sought to help others, or made headlines for their achievements. 

Young Superhero Gets Help from Local Justice League Before Chemo

AJ Lindner is a superhero. He can't fly or see through walls. He can't lift a bus with his bare hands. Rather, the 6-year-old from Bay Shore has the power of inspiration.

After AJ made a seemingly simple request to go surfing before he begins cancer treatment, his family and friends came together in a race against time to make his dream come true and inspire hope within the people who helped him.

Like every superhero, AJ is now face to face with an arch nemesis: choroid plexus carcinoma.

AJ was diagnosed three weeks ago with this Kryptonite of a cancer, a form of brain tumor doctors say just 29 people have been diagnosed with in medical history.

Read how a group of strangers rallied to make AJ’s dream come through.

Mets Outfielder Eric Young Jr. Visits Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

To the Major League Baseball community he’s known as stolen base leaders in the National League, but last Thursday, Eric Young Jr. stole the hearts of patients, family and staff at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

After a major winning streak in Arizona, Young flew back to New York to spend the day with patients at the Children’s Hospital. Young walked through the entire in-patient pediatric unit and the pediatric out-patient hematology/oncology clinic at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. The visit was a huge hit with the children, their families and staff who welcomed Young with a giant banner and wearing their Mets gear.

Mather Auxiliary Donates $213,000 to Hospital

The John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented the Hospital with a $213,000 donation, the proceeds of its 2013 fundraising activities.

The check was given at Mather’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, April 13, 2014 and will be used toward the construction of the new Arthur & Linda Calace Family Pavilion, which will house a 35 single-bedded patient care unit, offices and teaching facilities for Mather’s new Graduate Medical Education program and a state-of-the-art conference center. Mather will welcome its first residents in Internal Medicine in July. The pavilion is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The Auxiliary, which on May 5 will mark its 65th anniversary, has raised more than $5.7 million for Mather Hospital since its founding.

JFK High School Students Host Prom for Senior Citizens

Seventy-five High School’s community service club members serve their guests dinner at the school’s senior citizen prom event.students recently hosted a senior citizen prom for more than 150 elders from the Plainview-Old Bethpage community and local assisted living facilities.  

The students – who are active in John F. Kennedy High School’s community service club – decorated the gymnasium, served their guests dinners, played music and organized the selection of the “Prom King and Queen.”
Christine Shaljian April 27, 2014 at 08:55 PM
This is such a beautiful story and I just love all the people who made it happen. God bless each and every one of them, and of course AJ.
lolo April 28, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Think only good thoughts. Such a wonderful story. God Bless you, especially AJ

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