(Full release:) Edison, NJ – May 3, 2006
The JaM Foundation for Life held its fourth annual fundraiser on Monday, May 1, to benefit Lainie's Angels, the leading provider of peer support for parents of children living with cancer and blood disorders. Over 200 guests filled the Cavo Café Lounge in Astoria to honor the lives of three unique individuals: John and Mike Katsimatides and Lainie Afendoulis, in whose memories the charities were founded.
A significant portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Lainie's Angels' innovative in-hospital peer support and Parent Advocate programs. All funds have been earmarked to pilot a project in partnership with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and its educational arm, The Morchand Center, to help pediatric medical students and residents understand the special needs of families with children facing life-threatening illnesses.
"Through the generosity of the JaM foundation, we are able to create programs at Mt. Sinai that will enable our parent advocates to educate medical students who will ultimately treat children with cancer and blood disorders, and at the same time, work directly with the families whose children are being treated there," said Stathi Afendoulis, who founded Lainie's Angels with his wife, Emily.
"Emily and Stathi's support and compassion is inspiring," said JaM Foundation Founder Anthoula Katsimatides. "Lainie's Angels clearly expresses Lainie's effervescence for life -- and effervescence found in my own brothers -- and I couldn't find a more incredible organization to raise money for."
Past charitable recipients include Autism Speaks, the Greek Children's Fund, the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Organization of New York, Young Adults with Special Abilities, the Children's Blood Foundation, and the Louis V. DiGregorio Memorial Foundation for Aneurysm Research among others.