Posts Tagged ‘Judy Ciapciak’
My doctor once bet me 100 to 1 that I’d never make it to my age. He’s gone now and if he’d won, he’d have a helluva time collecting it. I refuse to wear glasses when I look in a mirror and therefore I look blurry. I chuckle and recall when Rudolf Nureyev examined himself in a mirror at The Muny. I asked him what he was looking at and he replied, “Him.” As kids, we had simple pleasures: playing cork ball on a sand lot; flying through the air on the Comet at Forest Park Highlands; enthralled at airplanes flying in and out of Lambert Field; listening to music on the phonograph with breakable records and playing tag. Today’s youngsters are playing it smart on computers and they’re far more politically oriented than we were. Sadly, some of today’s kids are suffering with cancer, while their desperate parents pray for miracles. To many parents something miraculous happened. They met pediatric oncologist Dr. Bob Bergamini, who practices at St. John’s Mercy Med Center. “We have three babies in neonatal intensive care with cancer and they’ll be cured and will be given back to their childhood,” said Dr. Bergamini. “Eighty-five percent of the children, who come in will be cured and walked out. In cases of leukemia, we’ve learned how to give just chemotherapy and to do growth factors, that help the white count recover after chemo.” The good doctor was surrounded by parents at the Friends of Kids with Cancer benefit at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, including Gisela and Peter Cohen, whose granddaughter was diagnosed and treated for leukemia at 3. She’s now 18. Surrounded by Justin Taylor, Kathy Richey, Mary Mercurio and Lawson Primm, Judy Ciapciak boasted that the evening capped off a day of activity, that will bring $130,000 to the agency, “which has only two full-time employees,” she said. A fashion show of 26 children from 3-18 years-old, who are in active treatment, modeled in the show, while seven in remission for at least five years, also trotted down the runway. A massive boutique surrounded the ballroom with 500 donors milling around, prior to an auction. Jeweler Dan Hufford and Scott Mangus are set to lead a new entity – Young Friends of Kids with Cancer. BTW – Justin Taylor and Lawson Primm are heading up The Choo Choo Ride Spinning Event with 14 clubs participating and a gala on Jan. 20 at Saks.