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Student Teacher Basketball Game April 19

Posted on Apr 20, 2012

Metuchen, NJ -- In June 2000, Stathi Afendoulis created Lainie’s Angels, a non-profit organization that assists parents whose children suffer from cancer and blood disorders. This was in reponse to the loss of his 12-year-old daughter, Lainie, to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Through its Parent Advocate Program, the group recruits and trains parents whose children have had cancer or a blood disorder. In turn, these parents, or “angels,” reach out to the families dealing with pediatric cancer to provide advice, peer support and bereavement counseling.

The program, detailed at, is based on a successful model developed by CURE Childhood Cancer Association for the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester Medical Center. Funds raised so far by Lainie’s Angels have been given to that and similar parent advocacy programs at Mt. Sinai Medical Hospital in New York City, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Chicago Memorial Children's Hospital.

Lainie battled her illness for two years, and during that time Afendoulis discovered that while doctors, nurses and counselors provided outstanding treatment, there were times when the family was overwhelmed. The Lainie's Angels program is unique in that it is designed to offer parents and families emotional and psychological support and help navigating the many details of cancer treatment throughout the entire course of the illness. In addition, the model of peer to peer support -- parents assisting parents --provides an important crutch that is often missing when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The goal of Lainie’s Angels is to establish a national network of parent advocates, who can assist families at every U.S. medical center that offers pediatric oncological services.

To date, Lainie’s Angels has held fundraisers including wine tastings, sporting events, and local school events in Edison, N.J., where Lainie was a student. This process continues on Thursday, April 19th 2012, when Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 50 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Edison, NJ will host the 9th Annual Lainie’s Angels Student-Teacher Basketball Game. The game will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

You can also like Lainie’s Angels on Facebook and visit our website to learn more and make a donation. If you or anyone you know has been touched by pediatric blood disorders, please visit the Web site to connect to others who share your journey. You’ll be glad you did.

Stathi Afendoulis 732.906.7887 or
Carol Zepp (978)468-8080 or

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