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Kathryn Raimy and GAWDA President Mark Raimy has selected two charities to receive donations from the 2017 GAWDA Gives Back.

Candlelighters NYC is an organization dedicated to helping families get through the difficult times when a child is diagnosed with and being treated for cancer. We assist through all stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment and remission.  Watch our YouTube video here

WHAT WE DO to support our families

 Candlelighters NYC helps kids fighting cancer. Kids from all over the world come to New York City to receive the best pediatric cancer treatment available. We provide a support system full of fun and comfort while they are so far away from home.

Here are some of the specific ways we support our families:

Strollers, Family Support, Hospital Support, Clothing, Babysitting, Friendship, Food gift cards, Birthday Parties, Holiday Parties, Central Park Concerts, Special Events, Gifts for the kids, Museum/Zoo Passes, Introducing families. For more details please visit


Headstrong was founded in 2012 through our partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine, one of the nation’s leading mental health care centers to offer free, and confidential treatment for post-9/11 combat veterans.

We have developed an evidence-based, cost-free, stigma-free, and frictionless mental health treatment program for post-9/11 combat veterans that works.

By eliminating the “brick and mortar” facilities, we have put funding directly into the care of the veterans. Today we have helped over 250 veterans overcome the hidden wounds of war.

How We’re Different:

        • Confidential – No paperwork
        • You are contacted within 48 hours
        • We have partnerships with world class clinicians in your city
        • Craft individual treatment program with your clinician
        • Working to fix the symptoms – No generic diagnosis
        • We believe in mental fitness
        • No cap on number of sessions
        • Cost-free health care treatment

 Thank you GAWDA members for making a difference in the lives of these children and veterans. We hope you join us in giving back to these very special charities.