PRO ATHLETES INSPIRE AND EMPOWERKIDS AT WESTBURY EVENT TO DEFEAT DIABETES
The event raised nearly $100,000 toward a cure
Taking a break from hitting the slopes and roads across the globe, Professional Snowboarder Sean Busby
and Marathon Runner Stephen England made a stop in Westbury, New York this month for a special
meet and greet with kids - who like them - are living with the disease, type 1 diabetes.
Their special visit was part of the annual Kids' Carnival for a Cure at Dave & Buster's in The Source at the Mall -
where hundreds of kids and their parents gathered to meet and greet the athletes and enjoy a fun-filled day of
games and activities. The event raised more than $97,000 to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute’s (DRI)
work toward finding a cure.
Busby and England took pictures with the kids, played some of the games and spoke to the kids' and their
families about their personal experiences of not letting diabetes stop them from reaching their goals.
Busby - who was diagnosed at age 19 - is founder of Riding on Insulin, and became the first person with
type 1 diabetes to backcountry snowboard all seven continents.
“ I am especially inspired by children with T1D, who have to grow up with an intimate awareness of their bodies'
limitations and needs. I understand them and what they're going through, "said Busby addressing the crowd
at the event. " I believe I was given this disease for a reason, and that's to show others anything's possible.
It is a privilege to celebrate these brave boys and girls. It’s awesome for them to have such a great day together
and I am happy to be part of it,” said Busby.
England - who was diagnosed at 14 years old- is a long distance and ultra-marathon runner with team Novo Nordisk,
a group of cyclists, triathletes and runners all living with T1D, competing in races across the United States and worldwide.
“It’s an honor to be here today,” said England, who competes in several top marathons, including the
Boston Marathon, JFK 50 and the Leadville 100 where he met team Novo Nordisk. “Inspiring
others, especially the children here with type 1 diabetes is what I am meant to do. The message I would like
to leave is keep running the race – you can still do what you want with your life, even with
Also at the the Kids’ Carnival was Kelliann Keogh, a ten-year-old football player from Cranford, New Jersey
who does not let her diabetes stand in the way of her tackles and touchdowns. Kelliann plays halfback and
safety for the Cranford Cougars in the local Police Athletic League. Her football skills are outstanding enough
for any football player, and are especially significant since she faces the daily challenges of T1D. Her sister Kaleigh,
a soccer player with T1D also be attended the event.
Along with getting to meet inspirational athletes, children in attendance also enjoyed video games, bowling, billiards,
prizes, food, goody bags and other fun activities for the whole family.
Co-chairs for the event were Lauren & Steven Field, Frankie Lam, and Susan Rubinstein. Generous sponsors included
The Field Family, Super Shot Sponsor, Astoria Bank along with Susan and Mitchell Rubenstein & Family at the Bowling
and Billiards level, Mr.& Mrs. Lawrence Mandel at the Power Card level, Frankie Lam and Jacqueline Yu and the Frisoni
Family at the Guitar Hero level and Jim and Gail Whelan at the Typhoon Park level.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Super Shot Sponsor
The Field Family
Bowling & Billiards Sponsors
Susan and Mitchell Rubinstein & Family
Power Card Sponsors
Debra and John Carrion
Lawrence and Irene Mandel
Guitar Hero Sponsors
Frankie Lam and Jacqueline Yu
The Frisoni Family
Typhoon Park Sponsors
Brookbridge Consulting Services, Inc.
Susan and Joe Curtin
Chief Ray Downey Family
Jim and Gail Whelan
Family Fun Sponsors
Allied Beverage Group, LLC
BMTS Productions, Inc.
Chief Ray Downey Family
Leonard and Joan Weisbrot
Wild, Maney & Resnick, LLP
Connie, Kelly and Chi Lam and Bibi Eng
Joe Marzo Photography
Kids' Carnival for A Cure Co-chairs
Lauren and Steven Field • Frankie Lam • Susan Rubinstein
Francine and Richard Banyon • Rene` Checchia • Sheri Donaldson
Iris Feldman • Elizabeth and Rob Frisoni • Melissa Gentile
Paula Juliano • Denise Karamitsos • Helene Klenofsky
Erica Lissman • Ronda Maultasch • Margaret Pellizzari
Ann Seligson • Tracy Silverman • Steve Weisbrot • Jacqueline Yu