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8-year-old girl asks for life-saving birthday gift for her Grandpa

Instead of the latest video game, doll or Jonas Brothers CD, when Elana Bohm recently celebrated her 8th birthday, at the top of her wish list was donations for her grandpa's cancer treatment and others like him battling the disease.

Maureen Mann, executive director of the Michael & Dianne Bienes Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, received a call from Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kernoff of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Mr. Kernoff, 77, is a lung cancer patient of Martin Gutierrez, MD. The Kernoffs explained that their grand-daughter, Elana Bohm, recently celebrated her 8th birthday. In preparation for her party, she asked that in lieu of gifts guests make donations to the Michael and Dianne Bienes Cancer Center to help her "PaPa" and others being treated for cancer.

So far she has received more than $1,100.

Elana is from Colts Neck, NJ, and will be visiting Fort Lauderdale for 2 days this week. On Thursday, April 9, at 2 pm, she and her grandparents will present the check at a belated birthday party, complete with cake and balloons, thrown by the cancer team. Location: lobby of the Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (just south of Commercial Boulevard).

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 10.8 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2004. Some of these individuals were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment. Holy Cross Hospital is committed to the fight against cancer. The hospital offers comprehensive cancer care from diagnoses to treatment and aftercare, in a single location. We offer world-class physicians in a state-of-the-art facility and access to national resources. Our array of services includes free programs to help cancer patients and their families cope, free screenings, clinical trials and patient navigators. Not to mention we are the only community hospital in the Southeast partnering with the National Cancer Institute. Join us at the Hope Relay for Life, April 24-25 at Holy Cross HealthPlex, to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, treatment and education.

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