Brewster, N.Y. – (5/14/12) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) has announced that he has chosen Erin Bentivegna, a 7th grade student from Mahopac Middle School, and a survivor, for the statewide Women of Distinction Ceremony.

“I am honored to announce that my 2012 New York State Women of Distinction nominee will be Erin Bentivegna from Mahopac. Little Erin is an incredibly brave young lady and is someone who we can all look up to,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Erin will travel up to Albany this week to be honored alongside other women of distinction from throughout New York State.”

Erin Bentivegna was only 4 years old when she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. After surgery to remove it and a year and a half of treatment, she was once again well. In November 2006, doctors told Erin that she had a cancerous kidney tumor. After her kidney was removed, Erin faced six months of chemotherapy. Again in July of last year, Erin was told she had another tumor on her brain that entailed surgery and then months of treatment that meant she was not able to go to school. Having fought and defeated cancer three times in her young life, Erin is now back at school.

Erin enjoys eating tacos and pizza, watching the movies “The Smurfs” and “Gnomeo and Juliet,” and dancing along with the television show “Shake It Up.”

In 2011, Community Cares honored Eric with the Light of Hope Award.

“I think it is wonderful. I would like to thank Senator Ball for this, said Erin’s mom, Margret. “She has been through a lot and she is shining like a bright star.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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