Through our variety of special events, your child and family can celebrate milestones and spend time together. Some of these take place at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and others are fun activities around the New York area to raise awareness and support for our Department of Pediatrics.
Spring Prom is one of the most exciting days of the year in our Department of Pediatrics. Family members, friends, and staff join together to celebrate with our patients. This spectacular event is filled with anticipation, glitter, cameras, gowns, music, and magic, thanks to the generosity of The Children's Committee and The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
As at every great prom, our Pediatrics Spring Prom crowns its kings and queens – both patients and staff members – although every participant gets treated like royalty. This is a prom like every other, with a DJ spinning tunes, balloons galore, thrones for our kings and queens, and banquet tables lined with kids’ favorite foods.
Each year, many of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s former and current pediatric patients graduate from high school or earn their GED. Beginning in 2007, Memorial Sloan Kettering has celebrated this milestone at our annual Pediatric Convocation celebration.
Our Specially Important Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) program is designed to recognize and celebrate the important role siblings play in the lives of our young patients. The program also aims to help patients’ brothers and sisters better understand their siblings’ hospital experiences through role-playing, tours of the operating room, and other activities. Our SIBS meetings take place throughout the year on school holidays and during summer months.
Cooking with Our Executive Chef Pnina Peled
Our Department of Pediatrics has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Food and Nutrition Services to develop a series of cooking demonstrations and informational sessions designed to make food a welcome part of your child’s treatment plan.
Through these demonstrations, you can learn helpful tips for creating meals that are healthy and tasty, making eating easier and more fun for your child during treatment. These events can also help empower you and your family, and encourage your child to play an active role as “chef” during his or her care.
The New York Yankees have joined with Memorial Sloan Kettering to support our programs in pediatric patient care, research, and education through the New York Yankees Universe fund. The Department of Pediatrics receives proceeds generated through its fan club when you make a donation or purchase a Yankees Universe T-shirt. You can also join Yankees Universe today.
Cycle for Survival
Families can come together to raise support for rare cancers, including rare childhood cancers, by participating in Cycle for Survival. Founded in 2007, Cycle for Survival is the national, indoor team cycling event that has raised more than $31.5 million for lifesaving research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering, including 53 clinical trials and research studies.
Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer
Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer is an annual, family-friendly walkathon organized by students to help kids with cancer. Currently, there are 5 events across the country with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Since 2001, Kids Walk has raised more than $2 million to benefit develop less toxic treatment through innovative pediatric cancer research under the direction of pediatric oncologist Nai-Kong Cheung.
The Decathlon, a single day ten-event athletic challenge for men and women currently employed within the financial service industry, tests speed, endurance, agility, and strength. With performance-based fundraising, participants can compete against each other and their personal best for a good cause. Since 2011, the event has raised more than $2 million for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
The Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research/Fred’s Team
Fred’s Team is a fundraising program through which supporters come together to compete in marathons, bike races, and other athletic events to raise research funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering. Since 1997, Fred's Team has been the primary source of support for The Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research, which benefits ongoing research in childhood cancers, including leukemia, neuroblastoma, brain tumors, and certain forms of sarcoma.
The fund is named for Aubrey Barr, who as a young girl received experimental treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Aubrey was pronounced cancer-free at a time when the survival rate for the disease was just one in ten, and is now an active lead member of Fred’s Team and its efforts.