LECOM Health Challenge Raises Funds for Mikey’s Way

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(L to R): George Borrello, CCIDA Board Member; Les Friedman, CEO Mikey’s Way Foundation; and Kevin Sanvidge, CEO of CREDC & Executive Director of the LECOM Health Challenge
(L to R): George Borrello, CCIDA Board Member; Les Friedman, CEO Mikey’s Way Foundation; and Kevin Sanvidge, CEO of CREDC & Executive Director of the LECOM Health Challenge

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Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) is the host organization of the LECOM Health Challenge. The LECOM Health Challenge is the only PGA Tournament played in the Greater Upstate New York area. The tournament is played at Peek’n Peak located in Clymer, New York. Every PGA Tournament is played to raise money for charities. Kevin Sanvidge, Executive Director of the LECOM Health Challenge, and CEO of CREDC states “both organizations are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to be a contributing sponsor of the Mikey’s Way Foundation.” Chautauqua County has a spot light shining brightly on the event, not only nationally, but internationally, as tourist from around the world attend the weeklong event. It is also viewed by 10’s of millions of golf enthusiast as it is broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

On Saturday October 14th, 2017, Lake Shore Savings Bank hosted a Mikey’s Way Event, at 21 Brix Winery, in Portland, New York. This community event included an evening of entertainment featuring food, live auctions, drawings, and basket raffles. Proceeds from the event benefited the Mikey’s Way Foundation.

The Mikey’s Way Foundation was founded by sixteen year old cancer patient Michael “Mikey” Friedman. During his courageous battle with cancer, Mikey chose a shopping spree as his wish, granted to him through the Make- A-Wish Foundation. The shopping spree; however, was not for Mikey. His overwhelming thoughtfulness, generosity, and insight instead was meant for other sick children.

His vision encompassed a way to help children “escape” from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses involving long-term and debilitating treatment. The “escape” would arrive in the form of a “Connection Cart” filled with electronic devices that traveled through pediatric units, bringing a smile to the face of every child. These electronic devices would include tablets, laptop computers, I-pods and other Wi-Fi ready electronics. These devices are meant to inspire children to stay connected with family and friends and create a diversion during their treatments. “Helping Kids Cope with Cancer….Mikey’s Way.”

As a way of giving back to the community, the LECOM Health Challenge chose the Mikey’s Way Foundation, as one of its charities of choice. At the Mikey’s Way Event on Saturday, the LECOM Health Challenge was pleased to be able to present a check to Les Friedman, CEO of Mikey’s Way, in the amount of $20,000, to help children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The LECOM Health Challenge is proud to support the Mikey’s Way Foundation.