Frankie's Freezer Brings Chemo Support To Kids

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Francis (Frank) William Antonawich was a helper and a healer, a nursing student who wanted to become a pediatric oncology nurse. He passed away too soon, in February 2018 at the age of 25, after fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a patient at Stony Brook University Hospital.
But with help from the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), Frank left a legacy of caring for pediatric oncology patients. Stony Brook Children's Hospital is the first hospital on Long Island to be inducted into the ACCO’s “Take a Pop, Share a Smile" campaign. The campaign donates freezers stocked with a lifetime supply of ice pops. The pops ease the discomfort of mucositis, a serious side effect of chemotherapy.
Stony Brook Children’s new pediatric oncology freezer from the ACCO has been dubbed “Frankie’s Freezer,” in loving tribute to Frank Antonawich. It will spread comfort and good cheer, just as Frank did throughout his life. The freezer was unveiled at an emotional ceremony.


Tags: Francis William Antonawich, Fran, Frankie's Freezer, pediatric oncology, Hodgikin's, American Childhood Cancer Organization, ACCO, Take a pop, share a smile, ice pops, Stony Brook Children's, Chemo side effect, Chemo treatment, Pediatrics

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