|Pictured at the check presentation were (l.-r.) Kristen Rodriguez, former Development Coordinator at NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK); Gloria Petralia, Administrative Director of NYU Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics; Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of NYU Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics; Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager for Spirit Halloween Superstores; Linda Sweeney, former Pediatric Development Manager at NYU Winthrop; Kim Krupta, Child Life Specialist; and Ashley Carlo, Manager at NYU Winthrop's CCFK.
Thanks to the generosity of the Spirit of Children Program, the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) recently received a grant for nearly $35,000. This is the seventh donation from the foundation, bringing their total giving to the Center to just over $170,000.
Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals more inviting for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals.
The Spirit of Children Program’s recent donation also includes the support of Donna and Allan Axelowitz of Huntington, whose son Ryan was a patient of Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK. Thanks to their enduring friendship, the therapeutic programs and services at the CCFK have continued to flourish and grow.
With the help of resources made possible by the Spirit of Children Program, the CCFK’s Child Life Program has grown into a safe haven for kids undergoing cancer treatment to enjoy socialization with peers through theme weeks, holiday parties, movie and game nights, tickets to Citifield and other activities.
The CCFK’s Music Appreciation Program continues to thrive, and Child Life Specialists can recognize children’s birthdays and other milestones with gifts like a superhero figure, a LEGO set or a doll.
“We are most
grateful for our part-
nership with the
Axelowitz family and the Spirit of Children,” said Dr. Weinblatt. “We are proud of what we have been able to accom- plish with their help.”
For more information about the CCFK, visit www.winthrop.org/cck or call 1-866-WINTHROP.