Thank you to the Flicker family, Russ, Lisa, Molly and Ben who sponsored a bike ride to raise funds for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center where Ben is a patient. Along the beautiful Bronx River Parkway in Westchester County on a sunny, Sunday, September afternoon, the Flickers rallied their fabulous friends and family to raise over $13,000 for the Berrie Center.
Ben’s older sister Molly has been particularly dedicated to the cause. She has not only led a variety of fundraisers benefiting diabetes research over the last several years, but she created and implemented the digital campaign for this bike ride.
“We are grateful that Ben, and every child treated at the Berrie Center, has access to all that the Berrie Center has to offer,” said Lisa in advance of the ride, to encourage people to give. “Please help us raise money—allowing it to continue and advance its groundbreaking work — for EVERY patient.”
The Flickers have been Berrie Center boosters since Ben started his treatment there for type 1 diabetes. “For over 20 years, the Berrie Center has served as a leader in diabetes care and research, elevating the standard of treatment and progress,” the Flickers wrote on a special giving page Molly established in advance of the bike ride. “Both the clinical and the research programs are committed to the ultimate goal of putting the Berrie Center out of business, working towards the day when diabetes is no longer a challenge for Ben and others living with it.”
Continued the Flickers on their page, “In addition to providing round-the-clock care to Ben and others, the Berrie Center conducts cutting-edge research in collaboration with its clinicians, and provides patients and families with opportunities to participate in educational, community-building initiatives such as therapeutic arts program activities, the annual Halloween Party, and the Summer and Winter Fun programs. These initiatives are part of what makes the Berrie Center so special, and we are grateful that Ben, and every child treated there, has access to all that it has to offer.”
Said Co-Director, Robin Goland MD, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, “We are so appreciative to have the Flicker’s energy, enthusiasm and support at the Berrie Center. They understand our mission—the care until the cure—and inspire us to work hard to achieve it.”