Friends of NYU Winthrop Donate Special Goodies to Pediatric Patients
Jennifer Poltorak (right), heard about the good work of NYU Winthrop’s Child Life Program through her friend Irene Lyons-Loeffler. A long-time NYU Winthrop supporter, Mrs. Lyons-Loeffler (left) is the founder of the Pat Lyons Foundation, which honors the life of a fallen 9/11 hero by improving the lives of sick children. Ms. Poltorak was inspired by the Foundation and the dedicated Child Life team at NYU Winthrop and decided she wanted to help as well, so she went out and purchased an array of special toys including a foosball table, Thomas the Train table and train set, interactive bubble tube system, play kitchen and garage, and various other items, and donated them to NYU Winthrop’s Child Life Activity Area in memory of a lost loved one of her own.
“These toys are providing hours of interactive play for patients in NYU Winthrop’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center,” said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop. “We deeply appreciate such a generous donation that lifts our patients’ spirits and brings countless smiles to their faces.”
Joining Jennifer and Irene at the donation were Patrick Mate Lyons (second from left) and New York City firefighter Peter Lazarchek, who is also a member of the Pat Lyons Foundation.