It was supposed to be one team with a mission far more important than winning games. That was two teams ago. By next year, the Westchester Warriors ice hockey program will expand from three to six teams. So many want to play. And to give. Saturday night the Westchester Warriors’ 2004, 2005 and 2006 teams will play kids from the Doritos Selects Hockey Club at EJ Murray Skating Center in Yonkers. At the end, what’s on the scoreboard will be secondary to how much money is raised through a silent auction of things ranging from skating instruction and signed hockey memorabilia (Alex Ovechkin, Pat LaFontaine, Ryan McDonagh and the New York Islanders) to an Elizabeth Arden Swedish massage and makeover, to Botox treatments and William Sonoma cooking classes, to a Pottery Barn kids room makeover, a night at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, a party at Funcraft, as well as clothing gift certificates.
Two former patients, Jack Pastor of Rye Brook and Ryan Gilchrist of Crestwood, and Dr. Mitchell Cairo, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College and Fareri’s chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. It’s be a lot of work but Panchame isn’t complaining. Noting he’d received a photo from Fareri of 50 pediatric cancer patients with a poster reading, “Thank you, Warriors,” he said, “That made everything worth fighting for.”
NYMC Faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy