September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In support of our longstanding philanthropic partner Hope & Heroes, the FCS took part in the 12th Annual Hope & Heroes Walk in lower Manhattan to raise money to help fund the life-saving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
The event took place on the morning of September 10, a beautiful NYC day. Team FCS rallied for the two-mile walking loop that started at Pier 16 near the South Street Seaport.
Our walking team included FCS Board Directors John McCormick (AdNode), Sheevani Raikundalia (Bloomberg) and Nick Bernardo (Former FCS Board Director and 2021 retiree of The Washington Post), Nicole Ferraro (Bloomberg) and their respective significant others: Lynn McCormick, Ruchir Raikundalia, Susan Bernardo and Frank Dalicandro.
At the kick-off of the walk, Hope & Heroes announced that they had the event had raised $184,000. Thanks to the generous support of the FCS community, Team FCS contributed $1,300 from individual donations from our generous friends, families and colleagues. The FCS subsequently matched that amount with an additional $1,300 donation for the cause.
Our thanks to Team FCS Captains Sheevani Raikundalia, Hailey Brent and Nick Bernardo for organizing this year’s participation.
The Hope & Heroes Walk takes place every year, uniting over 1,000 patients, families, friends, doctors, nurses, and staff to raise awareness and funds for patients and everyone whose life has been touched by pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Over the last ten years, the event has raised more than $2 million to support children with cancer and blood disorders.