Spinathon Raises $12,000

By Allie Herskovitz

Photo Courtesy of Jordana Cohen

Photo Courtesy of Jordana Cohen

Perhaps you saw them on the stationary bikes or maybe you cycled, too. On March 2, more than 200 Westchester friends and neighbors were “spinning their wheels” in support of childhood cancer.

Jordana Cohen, a freshman at BHS, spearheaded this year’s very successful “Spinathon,” a charitable event that she began in 2012 to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Helped by her friends as well as members of the Briarcliff Manor Pediatric Cancer Club, the 2013 program was held at Spinsational Fitness Studio on North State Road. Over $12,000 was raised, tripling last year’s contributions.

Jordana says she and her family have been involved with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for many years. She explains her involvement in the Briarcliff event: “I started this Spinathon with inspiration from survivors and people affected with cancer, so I could give back to the community in the best way. This year I also spread the Spinathon to several different schools: Yorktown, Scarsdale, Ardsley, and Chappaqua. This spread definitely helped me to increase the amount of people I had at the Spinathon. Also, I had many teams participate in this event including Yorktown lacrosse team, Downstate volleyball and more…”

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Jordana is already looking forward to next year’s event when she will again work with her team of dedicated friends and classmates on behalf of children with cancer. She appreciates all the help she received planning this year’s event.

“I want to say a special thank you to the Pediatric Cancer Club of Briarcliff Manor; Nancy Joselson, head of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation; Bari Coleman, the owner of Spinsational; Mr. Lavelle; Mr. Muranelli; my parents and sister; and Katlyn Comerford. They were so supportive and helped make this year’s program a great success.”

Every year more than 12,000 infants and children are diagnosed with cancer. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in 1970 with a mission to cure childhood cancer. This charity raises money for research, state of the art equipment/ instruments, and parent/patient care for world-renowned doctors at the hospitals PCF supports. For more information, go to www.pcf.org.

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