Skateboarding Buddies Raise Money For Pediatric Cancer Survivors

A Manhasset cardiac rehab patient exercises on the bike while her heart rate and rhythm is remotely monitored, as Sarah Siemers, NP, the program director, reviews the intensity of the workout.

Devin Votta, 24, of Levittown, and three of his childhood friends have figured out the perfect way to carve for a cause.

On Aug. 3 and 4, Votta and his friends—Sean, James and Steven Reilly, also of Levittown—strapped on their helmets and transformed into the skateboarding team of Ride 4 Life: Carving 4 A Cause. The intrepid quartet hit the streets of Long Island, and began their journey at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and ended at Montauk Lighthouse, a journey of more than 120 miles. All part of a fundraising effort to benefit Cohen’s SURFF (Survivors Facing Forward) program, led by Jonathan Fish, MD, director of the SURFF program.

For Votta, the journey is the best way he can think of to pay homage to his grandfather, Daniel Huggard, who passed away in 2017 from leukemia.

“Ride 4 Life will show that no battle is too tough, no road too far and no fight too strong when people work together for a cause,” said Votta.

During a brief visit to Cohen Children’s, Fish congratulated the team on their dedication and compassion and thanked them for their generosity.

“I can’t emphasize enough how appreciative we are to Devin and the Ride 4 Life team,” said Fish. “On behalf of the entire Cohen Children’s staff, and the hundreds of children we treat every year, we thank you for this incredible act of generosity.”

—Submitted by Northwell Health

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