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Teen Project 2021 – Help Us Reach Our Goal!

It’s time again for Teen Project and Charlie’s Champion Foundation’s 8th annual HOLIDAY PROJECT fundraiser for gift cards which are delivered to teen patients at NYU Langone Hospital—Child Life Program and Cancer Center for Kids during the holiday season. Every donation will be used to purchase gift cards to benefit teen patients at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island!

Supporters can make a donation through the GIVE NOW button or click on JOIN THIS TEAM, create your team member page and receive 3 Community Service Hours for participation in this fundraising event. Once your page is created, email us at TeenProjectGC@gmail.com and we will send you a Community Service Letter!

Teen Project was founded in 2014 by Steven and Matthew Spirakis, who learned that the hospital often receives toy donations for young patients, but seldom receives appropriate gifts for teen patients. To expand Teen Project, the brothers partnered with T.J, Luke and Tanner Schmitt of Garden City-based Charlie’s Champions Foundation. The foundation was established by the Schmitt family in honor of Charlie Schmitt, a cancer survivor who was treated at the NYU Langone Cancer Center for Kids—Mineola.

As the largest outpatient facility for children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) is at the forefront of treatment and research. NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island Child Life Program is dedicated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. For more information about the Cancer Center for Kids, and the Child Life Program at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, visit www.nyulangone.org/locations/nyu-langone-hospital-long-island

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Charlie Schmitt and Dr. Mark E. Weinblatt enjoy a happy reunion in the Cancer Center for Kids’ waiting room, which has been underwritten with the generous support of Charlie’s Champions Foundation.

After graduating from Providence College and embarking on an exciting career in banking/insurance, Charlie Schmitt stopped by to share the good news with Dr. Weinblatt, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at NYU Winthrop Hospital, where Charlie was diagnosed with acute lymphomic leukemia at the age of six. Charlie and Dr. Weinblatt were photographed at the Cancer Center for Kids beside the plaque which recognizes the Foundation’s enduring allegiance to pediatric cancer patients and their families.



CCF Room Naming at the NYU Langone Cancer Center for Kids

Lily Schmitt, Heather Dall’Aste, Tanner Schmitt, Charlie Schmitt and John Schmitt

This September, members of the Schmitt family—Lily, Tanner, Charlie and John—joined Heather Dall’Aste, Manager, Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK), for the unveiling of the official plaque commemorating Charlie’s Champions’ bountiful philanthropic support and dedicated commitment to the CCFK. For the past 15 years, the Foundation’s largess has totaled more than $1.2 million, which translates into a lot of hope and heart for hundreds of children with cancer and their families.



Annual Donation – 2020

Dr. Mark Weinblatt, Luke Schmitt, Tanner Schmitt, and Charlie Schmitt

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