Lids4KidsNY was founded in 2010 by Dr. Marc Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, neurosurgeons at the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain & Spine Center. Lids4KidsNY hosts an annual event that celebrates the return to health of young patients challenged with brain tumors, brain injuries, and other serious neurological conditions, and also helps educate parents, kids, and coaches about the importance of wearing helmets during cycling and contact sports.
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What Is Chiari, and Why Does It Need Your Help? (pdf)
Find out more about Chiari malformation
Become a Chiari donor
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The 2011 event was held on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York, where Drs. Souweidane and Greenfield coached teams of their patients in a softball game. Young players were also invited to join a soccer game coached by Connor Ventura, a teen patient who conquered Chiari – a treatable condition that was featured as part of the event’s educational outreach.
This year’s event also featured the presentation of the first-ever All-Star Awards to:
- Connor Ventura and Kelly DeMarrais, for being outstanding and inspiring role models for kids with Chiari and helping to support Chiari education and research; and
- Patti Ventura, Connor’s mother, for her tireless work raising awareness of Chairi malformation, a condition that Connor conquered with the help of Dr. Greenfield.
For more information about the annual event, contact Sarah Fox.