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Son's Memory Fuels Scarsdale Family To 'Drive For Cure'

Paul and Ioana Kreatsoulas Jimenez started the PaulieStrong Foundation in honor of their son Paulie.
Paul and Ioana Kreatsoulas Jimenez started the PaulieStrong Foundation in honor of their son Paulie. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
#PaulieStrong has become a popular rallying cry in Westchester to honor Paul Jimenez, who passed away from cancer.
#PaulieStrong has become a popular rallying cry in Westchester to honor Paul Jimenez, who passed away from cancer. Photo Credit: Contributed
Scarsdale residents Edie Jimenez, Joanna Kreatsoulas Jimenez, Julie Jimenez, and Paul Jimenez attend the Rudy's Food, Sports & Entertainment Host Inaugural "Drive For A Cure" In Support Of The Pauliestrong Foundation.
Scarsdale residents Edie Jimenez, Joanna Kreatsoulas Jimenez, Julie Jimenez, and Paul Jimenez attend the Rudy's Food, Sports & Entertainment Host Inaugural "Drive For A Cure" In Support Of The Pauliestrong Foundation. Photo Credit: Contributed
#PaulieStrong has become a popular rallying cry in Westchester to honor Paul Jimenez, who passed away from cancer.
#PaulieStrong has become a popular rallying cry in Westchester to honor Paul Jimenez, who passed away from cancer. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Scarsdale family is hitting the links to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer after losing their 10-year-old son to a rare disease.

The Paulie Strong Foundation, which was created by Paul Jimenez and Ioana Kreatsoulas Jimenez, has announced the second annual Drive for a Cure golf outing, with proceeds being directly donated to the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

The Jimenez’s created the PaulieStrong Foundation in 2015 after their son was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms on soft tissue. Despite a tough fight, Paulie would lose his life two and a half months later in January 2016.

According to Paul, childhood cancer receives less than 4 percent of all cancer research funding, prompting him to raise awareness of the inequities.

“He was such a fun loving and amazing child who was loved by so many. He was our world, and we miss him so very much,” his father said. “Until you are pulled into the world of childhood cancer, you just do not realize how little funding goes to support research into a cure.”

Since its founding, the PaulieStrong Foundation has raised more than $400,000 to benefit pediatric sarcoma research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

“The goal of the PauliStrong Foundation, through our partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is to raise awareness and funding for researching a cure for pediatric cancers,” Paul added. “Today’s children are the world’s future and they deserve more than 4 percent.”

At the Drive for a Cure golf outing, participants will enjoy lunch, a gift bag, a full round of golf at the Scarsdale Golf Club and dinner with a silent auction. Those interested in participating can register online. The outing has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28.

“Pediatric cancers are vastly underfunded,” Kelli Klasko said from Memorial Sloan Kettering. “Therefore, philanthropic support from the PaulieStrong Foundation is crucial in advancing breakthrough research and clinical trials for pediatric cancers.”

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