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April 14, 2011 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) received a check of more than $1,100 raised by the Ninja-ettes, a group of Sullivan West Elementary School students. The funds were raised by the fourth to sixth graders for CRMC’s Oncology Department, and will help breast cancer patients purchase needed items and assist with transportation costs.

The fundraising drive developed from a conversation between two fourth graders. The students went to Assistant Principal Susan Barsky with the idea, who in turn presented the idea to the elementary school student council. The students, who chose the name Ninja-ettes because they are young ladies fighting for a cause, created presentations and gave speeches to the student body promoting their fundraising idea. They raised the funds through selling handmade bracelets, braiding hair and hosting bake sales.

On April 5, the group of eight students and Assistant Principal Susan Barsky presented the check to CRMC. The girls then took a tour of the Oncology Unit at the hospital.

“We are very thankful to the Ninja-ettes for their donation to CRMC’s Oncology Department,” said Geri Orr, Assistant Vice President of Professional Services at Catskill Regional Medical Center. “Their donation was a selfless act, and they should be commended for their generosity. The funds will be put to good use.”

Cancer Care at CRMC includes a well-developed oncology program that offers a multidisciplinary team approach combined with quality care. The program continues to be distinguished by the excellent and compassionate patient care it provides. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Hematology/Oncology Department at 845-794-3300 ext. 3233.


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