The Miracle Foundation Grants $1,500,000 to Mercy Medical Center For New Cancer Treatment Facility

Since inception, The Miracle Foundation provided a grant of $1,500,000 to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre for creation of the Miracle Building, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility. The MIRACLE Building is staffed by employees of the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It plays a critical role in the delivery of cancer treatment, giving patients an option to receive premier cancer treatment without having to travel to New York City.        



Johns Hopkins University Medical Center



In an effort to uphold its committment to support leading edge cancer research, The Miracle Foundation has granted snce inception in 2001 over $600,000   to Bert Vogelstein, M.D., one of the nation's foremost cancer clinicans and researchers. Dr. Vogelstein has made landmark discoveries in finding the genetic underpinnings of this dreaded discease and is personally committed to finding a cure for cancer.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The Miracle Foundation has awarded $400,000 grants to scientist Dr. Michael Wigler of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for research. Dr. Wigler is an internationally known cancer researcher whose work is characterized by pioneering achievements in both molecular biology and the technology of cancer research itself.
The Miracle Foundation grant will specifically be used to fund Dr. Wigler's discovery of a complex technique known as ROMA (Representational Oligonucleotide Microarray Analysis). ROMA is a unique procedure that combines RDA and DNA microarray technology. It increases the precision and speed with which scientists can detect genetic alterations that lead to cancer.  And this extraordinary knowledge will be put to practical use for developing new molecular approaches to cancer diagnosis and therapy.

Dr. Wigler is in good company at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where more than sixty scientists research breast, ovarian, cervical, colon, pancreatic and brain cancer, as well as malignant melanoma, leukemia and lymphoma. CSHL is a private, nonprofit basic research and educational institution that was established in 1890. The Laurel Hollow campus is home to more than 260 scientists who conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant biology and bioinformatics. Cancer research has been a major focus at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for more than thirty years -- approximately two-thirds of all research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is focused on cancer.

Founding Sponsor of The Morgan Center

The Miracle Foundation has granted $40,000 to provide scholaships to the Morgan Center, a Long Island non-profit organization that gives threeand four -years olds undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer the opportunity to learn and socialize in a safe environment.

Children underegoing chemotherapy have to overcome two hurdles. First, the therapy suppresses their immune ystems so they constantly risk infections and exposure to childhood diseases. Second, as a result of their treatment, children may have impaired attention, concentration and motor kilss and difficulty processing information. If they were to attend a typical preschool, such children could be infected easily, which could become life threatening.  

Presently, the Morgan Center is the only preschool type program for these children. The Center offers a pre-kindergarten learning experience and a sense of normalcy, as well as some distraction from their chemotherapy and pain.




The Miracle Foundation Grants to Winthrop-University Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids

  Since 2006, The Miracle Foundation has granted $400,000 to the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital to provide for a full-time Child Life Specialist.  A Child Life Specialist assists with the medical, emotional and quality-of-life needs of children undergoing cancer treatment and their families. “The role of a Child Life Specialist is crucial and enables the child and the family to better cope with the challenges of cancer treatment,” explains Patti Tenaglia, Co-Founder of The Miracle Foundation.  The Cancer Center for Kids was created by Drs. Mark Weinblatt and Philip Scimeca at Winthrop-University Hospital. 







Miracle Foundation adopts the “Back In The Game” Program

The Miracle Foundation announced that it will provide a $50,000 grant to fund tuition for “Back in the Game” participants. "Back in the Game" is an innovative strength and fitness program for former pediatric cancer patients as well as those currently undergoing treatment and was developed with the help of a wide range of physical fitness, education and medical professionals. The program affords these former patients the opportunity to recover physical abilities lost due to the effects of chemotherapy. “We are extremely grateful to The Miracle Foundation for this incredibly generous grant,” said Peter Menges, Founder of “Back in the Game.” “The funds will be earmarked for tuition which will enable children impacted by cancer treatments to regain the coordination, strength and confidence necessary to participate in everyday sports,” he added. “The ‘Back in the Game’ program is a remarkable program that provides a tremendous resource to children recovering from cancer treatments,” said Joe Castronovo, President of The Miracle Foundation. “The program supports our mission of helping those touched by cancer and we are delighted to provide the opportunity for as many children as possible to benefit,” added Castronovo. "Back in the Game" was developed in conjunction with Winthrop-University Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids, the Professional Athletic Performance Center, and a team of experts devoted to helping cancer patients recover fully from the effects of treatment. Coordinators launched a pilot program in March 2006 with eighteen participants. The program runs for twelve consecutive weeks with each child participating in two, one-hour sessions per week. Coordinators have since expanded the program to include summer, fall and winter sessions.