Elana Laila Koenig
Elana Laila Koenig, 12 year old cancer survivor, singer!
Despite the fact that Elana missed many school days while going through aggressive chemo therapy, Elana’s test results for middle school was one of the highest. Elana is now a sixth grader at East Side Middle School in 2018, Elana performed at Radio City, in the heart of New York City.
She has raised over a million dollars for childhood cancer foundations. Some of her hobbies include acting, painting, and singing. Elana loves pets. Her guinea pig’s name is Chocolate.
Sabrina Danielle Koenig
Sabrina Danielle Koenig, is 9 years old, Elana’s sister.
Sabrina is a fourth grader at PS183 in Manhattan, New York.
Sabrina initiated letter campaign and support to a bulled child, cancer fighter!
Sabrina loves acting, dancing. Sabrina directed a play “Jungle Book” amongst her friends in her school. The play became a big hit in the school and was performed for her grade and later for the whole school. Sabrina loves animals. Her guinea pig’s name is Caramel.
Rena received her MBA from NYU Stern. She has 20 years of corporate experience as project manager and operations manager for companies such as RJReynolds and KPMG. Rena spent the last 10 years co-running a family business.
Scott received a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weather School of Management. Spent the first part of his career in finance working for BT Securities and Aon Risk Services. Spent the latter part of his work related experience running a 75 year old domestic lighting manufacturer. Sold business in 2018 and have recently been devising business plan and growth strategy for a high tech startup while taking cybersecurity classes at Columbia University.
Mike possesses an undergraduate B.S. Wharton School, University of PA, MBA from NYU, Stern Stern. Currently, Mike is a Chairman of The Board – Workshop in Business Opportunities, Entrepreneur in Residence – Stern, NYU, Founder of Myron I Blumenfeld & Associates.
Frank possesses a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, a Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Frank is a founder and managing partner of the DeLucia, Mynar, and Alicandro LLP law firm, and has been an adviser/shareholder of Quantgene, which uses Deep Human Genome sequencing to enable early detection of diseases such as cancer.
Frank believes in public service, and has served on the Board of Directors of Futures and Options, a non-profit organization that provides work-readiness experience to under-served youths from challenged backgrounds, and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA). Frank has been honored as one of the “Legal 500” in 2008, 2009 and 2012-2014, and is a recipient of the City Bar Justice Center’s 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service.
Anthony possesses a B.S. in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College and served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. Anthony is the IT Governance Risk and Compliance / Change Management Officer for Apple Bank for Savings in New York City. He has been a Board Member for several organizations to include the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the FBI InfraGard. He is experienced in IT Operational Management as well as Information Security. As a father of four, Anthony is passionate about the care and wellbeing of children, frequently volunteering his time for the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program and the United Way.
Cristina is the CEO of KinderBots, she earned a BS and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon and a DEA in Fundamental Informatics and Applications from the Université de Paris 7 Denis Diderot. She was a visiting scholar at the Proteus Group at NYU, and a research associate at Linguateca followed by a postdoc at INESC-Id Lisboa doing research in paraphrasing systems.
Dr. Leonard Wexler, saved our Founder, Elana’s life and has always treated Elana as his own child! Dr. Wexler earned his MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He did his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology – National Cancer Institute. Owns his Board Certifications in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology- Oncology. Holds Awards from Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors from 2015 till 2019.
Each year, Dr. Wexler volunteers his time with children at Camp Simcha, a summer camp for children battling cancer so that they can go through treatment and enjoy the camp, happy place in sadness.
Dr. Daniel Prince, our founder Elana’s surgeon!
Earned his MD from Yale University of Medical School, had his residencies in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, fellowship at Orthopaedic Oncology – International Center for Limb Lengthening.
Clinical expertise: Pediatric Bone Tumors and Sarcomas; Metastatic Bone Disease; Congenital Deformities; Fibrous Dysplasia; Adamantinoma; Ollier’s Disease; Paget’s Disease; McCune-Albright’s Syndrome; Bone Regeneration
Carol Diane Morris, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Morris performed a 12 hour tumor removal and bone reconstructive surgery on Elana.
Expertise: Bone Cancer, Bone Sarcoma, Bone Tumors, Chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Metastatic Bone Disease, Orthopaedic Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osteosarcoma, Pathologic Fractures, Sarcoma, Sarcoma and Musculoskeletal Tumors , Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Soft Tissue Tumors
Research Interests: sarcoma, complex limb reconstruction
Julia A. Kearney, MD
Dr. Kearney is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician who works with patients with pediatric cancers and their families. Her emphasis is on individual and family-focused psychological support.
Clinical Expertise: Psychiatric Care of Medically Ill Children and Young Adults
Dr. Tomer Charas
Dr. Tomer Charas is a specialist in radiation oncology, working at the Radiotherapy unit at Rambam Health Care Campus. He is responsible for radiation therapy treatments of the genito-urinary tract cancers including bladder, prostate and testicular cancers. Dr. Charas received his MD degree from the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, where he graduated with honors.