Sweet Way to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Ally Gottesman with Principal Faye Robins.
Ally Gottesman with Principal Faye Robins.

Each year Ally Gottesman dresses up in a different costume and heads to the neighbors' houses. All of them. You see, Ally has already written to about 100 of her neighbors to let them know what she will be dressed as. This past year it was the Harry Potter character Bellatrix Lestrange. So when the throngs of Halloween ghosts and goblins descend upon the Ally’s neighborhood seeking treats, this Stimson eighth grader is collecting something a lot more meaningful. 

Ally’s aunt died of cancer around Halloween back in 2006, and to commemorate her late aunt's life, she collects donations instead of candy. Over the past 6 years Ally has collected and donated more than $16,000, that goes to the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation in Cold Spring Harbor, which recently honored Ally at their annual ball. “It gives me a great feeling, and I enjoy doing it,” said Ally in an interview published recently in Newsday.

Ally, you make the Stimson, and all of South Huntington community, proud!