Special Events

Pictured: Farid Boulad

Farid Boulad, Medical Director of the Pediatric Day Hospital, enjoys his time on the dance floor at the Pediatric Prom.

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

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.

Pediatric Convocation

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.

See highlights from the 2017 Pediatric Convocation at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

SIBS Program

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 and other activities. Our SIBS events take place throughout the year on school holidays and during summer months. Here are some strategies to support you as you support your children. 

How You Can Get Involved

Yankees Universe

The New York Yankees support MSK’s 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

Cycle for Survival is a national, indoor team cycling event that raises money for lifesaving research into rare cancers, including childhood cancers, at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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. 

The Decathlon

The Decathlon, a single-day, ten-event athletic challenge for men and women in 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. 

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 MSK. 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 MSK. Aubrey was deemed cancer free at a time when the survival rate for the disease was just one in ten, and is now a lead member of Fred’s Team.