Thank You South Huntington

Maplewood students and teachers gather on their athletic fields to kick off Maggie’s Two Week Challenge.
Maplewood students and teachers gather on their athletic fields to kick off Maggie’s Two Week Challenge.
Steven and Donna Schmidt accepting a check on behalf of South Huntington School District’s students. The check represents the funds raised by Maggie's Two Week Challenge in the District. In the photo are some of the top Maplewood earners from left to right: Aidan Ging, Christopher Caiazzo, Madison Caiazzo, Dean Rosengold, Jordan Churchman, and Sienna Leaver. Thank you Maplewood and South Huntington for your generosity.
Steven and Donna Schmidt accepting a check on behalf of South Huntington School District’s students. The check represents the funds raised by Maggie's Two Week Challenge in the District. In the photo are some of the top Maplewood earners from left to right: Aidan Ging, Christopher Caiazzo, Madison Caiazzo, Dean Rosengold, Jordan Churchman, and Sienna Leaver. Thank you Maplewood and South Huntington for your generosity.

Maggie, the beloved daughter of Donna and Steven Schmidt passed away June 1, 2017, shortly after her 17th birthday. Maggie suddenly developed MRT - Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors, a rare and aggressive cancer that quickly metastasized throughout her body. Maggie’s parents created Maggie’s Mission, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to helping raise awareness and finding a cure for rare pediatric cancers.

“Through this organization, we hope to fund research for not only Maggie’s cancer but other pediatric cancers too,” said Donna and Steven on their website www.maggiesmission.org.  “If we can help just one child, it will be worth it. Cancer sucks, cancer doesn’t discriminate. Cancer ruins lives and families.”

Maggie's Two-Week Challenge was a series of in-school events this past fall to raise awareness and funds to help Maggie's Mission. Beginning at Maplewood Intermediate School where Steven Schmidt teaches, as well as Harborfields High School where Maggie attended, and each of the schools in South Huntington and districts around Long Island, events, and challenges that reflected things Maggie liked to do and felt important in a young persons life were held.

“Maggie’s Two Week Challenge raised nearly thirty-four thousand dollars within the South Huntington school community,” said Steven Schmidt.  “The donations went to Maggie’s Mission who recently served lunch at The Ronald McDonald House in NYC and presented Memorial Sloan Kettering with a $34,000 check to fund pediatric cancer research. We are all very grateful for the generosity of families in our South Huntington School District.”

To date, Maggie's Mission has donated over $100,000 to fund a research project led by Maggie's Oncologist - Dr. Srikanth Reddy Ambati M.D. at Memorial Sloan Kettering. This research utilizes groundbreaking innovations to help find a cure for Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors. “Maggie's Mission’s goal is to fully fund this project,” said Steven Schmidt.  “We are well on our way but still need your help.”

Save the Date: Maggie's Mission Angelversary Gala benefiting Maggie's Mission will be held June 1, 2018, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. under the white tent on the great lawn of the beautiful Montauk Yacht Club.

Additional Angelversary Gala info:

https://www.maggiesmission.org/events/maggiesmissionangelversarygala