In truly spirited fashion, Spirit Halloween Superstores delivered more than $100,000 to NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). The check was the largest donation Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager for the store, had ever personally delivered to a sin- gle hospital in her years working with Spirit Halloween. This contribution brings Spirit’s total giving to more than $308,000 to benefit the Center’s Child Life Program, designed to help ease the anxiety of hospitalization for kids and their families.
“Thanks to the amazing generosity of store customers, we were able to make this happen,” said Ms. Martin. “We feel so for- tunate to be able to do what we do and make the hospital experience a little more worry-free.”
These proceeds also include the sup- port of Donna and Allan Axelowitz, whose son was treated by Dr. Weinblatt 20 years ago. Mrs. Axelowitz refers to Dr. Weinblatt and the CCFK staff as “angels in our hearts,” and said she cannot overstate how much the Child Life Program means to her entire family.
“The minute we walked in, there was someone to play with the kids. There were games and things to make kids feel more ‘normal,’” recalled Mrs. Axelowitz of the time they spent at the CCFK. “Anytime [Ryan, her son] would go for treatment, by the time we got back to his room, Child Life would have his kitchen set in there.”
Mrs. Axelowitz hopes their support helps families who are going through what her family once did.
“I want other families to see there is a light at the end of the tun- nel, even though you might not believe it,” she said. Thanks to the enduring friendship of both the Axelowitz family and Spirit Halloween, the Center’s Child Life Program – one of a collection of psychosocial support services to CCFK patients and their families – continues to thrive.
Allan and Donna Axelowitz (left) join with Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager, Spirit Halloween Superstores (center), and members of the NYU Winthrop community for a recent check presenta- tion to NYU Winthrop’s Center for Kids. The funds raised support the Child Life Program at the Center.