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Benjamin Franklin Student To Lead Maria Fareri Walk

Jaime Ferretti of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, has been named grand marshal for the Go the Distance Walk & Family Fun Day. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Benjamin Franklin's principal welcomes Jaime and her family to the school Wednesday. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Jaime's fellow third-graders are on hand to watch as she receives her honor. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
All students in attendance received a gift bag with goodies and health information. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- An 8-year-old Yorktown girl will enjoy a special honor next month at the same hospital where she underwent emergency neurosurgery to remove a malignant brain tumor last year.

Jaime Ferretti, a third-grader at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, has been named the grand marshal for the Go the Distance Walk & Family Fun Day in support of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

Benjamin Franklin Principal Patricia McIlvenny-Moore welcomed Jaime along with her parents Debbie and Dan and brother Daniel to the school for a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the school.

"Jaime is receiving an honor for being brave and overcoming a very difficult challenge last year when she was in second grade," McIlvenny-Moore told those on hand. "She is going to represent children from around the region that are cared for at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. We all hope you will support her in this role."

Jaimie received her grand marshal sash in front of her teachers and more than 100 of her third grade classmates. The man who performed he surgery, Dr. Michael Tobias, was on hand to give her the honor.

"Jamie came to the hospital in a rush, and we didn't know what was going on, but we figured it out quickly," Tobias said. "She went through some really tough times that not every kid or even every adult can go through with courage. She was an ideal patient."

The ninth annual walk will be held Sunday, April 21, at Westchester Medical Center. Registration will be 8 to 9:30, when the walk begins. The 1-mile non-competitive walk will wrap around the medical center campus. Other event activities include live entertainment and games for all ages. For more information, see the event website .

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