Chelsea IrizarryJan 27, 2018, 12:19 pmJan 27, 2018, 12:20 pm

Hewlett HS hosts Hoop for Hopes, raises $7K for SIBSPlace

SIBSPlace offers free services, helps families affected by serious illnesses

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HEWLETT — Friday evening a high school basketball game in Hewlett was about more than just numbers on the scoreboard, and doubled as a fundraiser for SIBSPlace.

SIBSPlace is a free therapeutic program of South Nassau Communities Hospital that offers families support, who have a family member with a devastating illness.

“We serve children living with a brother or sister with cancer, with a devastating illness, or a parent diagnosed with cancer,” says SIBS Place Executive Director Suzanne Kornblatt.

Bill Dubin, cancer survivor, head basketball coach for Hewlett High School says he knows first-hand the need, and importance, of these essential services.

“SIBS provides art therapy, music therapy, we provide all kinds of things that kids need to keep as much of a normal life as possible,” says Dubin. “We sell ads on our t-shirts, refreshments, we [also] ask for donations.

This year, Hoops for Hope raised about $7,000, and over the last 15 years $100,000.

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