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CornerStone Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2014
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More Than Skin Deep: One Woman’s Dramatic Weight Loss Journey
NYU Winthrop Named Among America’s Best Breast Centers
Local Resident Presents Generous Gift to NYU Winthrop
One Family’s Most Momentous Gift in Gratitude for Lifesaving Care
NYU Winthrop Celebrates Opening of State-of-the-Art Electrophysiology Lab
NYU Winthrop Offers Relief to Longtime Sufferers of Endometriosis
Mothers and Babies Find Support for Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery at NYU Winthrop
Unique Sports Medicine Program Scores Big Among Local Athletes and Coaches
NYU Winthrop Named to Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite(TM)
Gala Raises more than $900,000 for NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Offers Bite of Hope to Pediatric Diabetes Patients
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $160,000 for Child Life Program
Once again, Local Foundation Garners Outstanding Support for NYU Winthrop
The Michael Magro Foundation Education Program
NYU Winthrop Event Rocks to Beat Pediatric Cancer
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Continued Support for NYU Winthrop
Special Visits Brighten Young Patients' Days
Golfing for a Cause
Diabetes Education Center Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Celebration with a Special Celebrity
Grateful Patient Gives Back to NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Hempstead High School Health Center
Mothers and Daughters Gather in Support of NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Hospital: Committed to Addressing Public Health Needs of the Community
Former Senator's Final "Extend the Holidays" Toy Drive Proves to be the Best One Yet
Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer is Music to One Man’s Ears
 

Special Visits Brighten Young Patients' Days

Patient Ashley Wade (second from right) with New York Islanders (l.-r.) defenseman Andrew MacDonald, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, left wing Thomas Vanek and center Peter Regin during their recent visit to NYU Winthrop.

For young patients who find themselves spending much time in the Hospital, a visit from someone special can really help brighten their day. Ashley Wade, who is also a devout New York Islanders fan, knows this firsthand as she has been on both sides of this scenario – as a patient, and as someone who, like the New York Islanders players who recently visited NYU Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, has helped young patients take their minds off of being in the Hospital.

On December 18, 2013, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, defenseman Andrew MacDonald, left wing Thomas Vanek and center Peter Regin visited The Children's Medical Center at NYU Winthrop to give gifts, sign autographs and spread cheer among young patients who found themselves in the Hospital this holiday season.

"It's tough to see kids in these types of situations," Mr. MacDonald said. "From a player perspective, being able to put a smile on their faces is pretty special and it's an experience for us that we don't forget. We really enjoy making these visits and we take a lot from them."

Ms. Wade understands how much a smile really can turn a patient's day around. After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease by NYU Winthrop pediatric gastroenterologist Tuvia Marciano, DO, she spent a good deal of time at NYU Winthrop over the past several years. During one of her hospital stays around the holidays, she received a gingerbread house from an elderly volunteer who would often visit sick children. The visit not only cheered her up, but motivated her to do something great for others.

"It gave me the idea that if I could do the same thing for other children, maybe they would forget that they were sick – if even for just a little bit," she said.

Wanting to give back and bring joy to the lives of children suffering from chronic illnesses, she started the Ashley Wade Foundation, and with the help of her family and friends, Ms. Wade now makes coming to NYU Winthrop to throw special pizza parties along with other fun activities a regular occurrence for the Hospital's young patients.

"It is the best feeling to see patients forget about their pain and just be happy, normal kids," she said.

"We deeply appreciate all that the New York Islanders and Ashley have done to lift the spirits of our patients," said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop. "It really does make all the difference."

For more information about the Ashley Wade Foundation, visit www.ashleywadefoundation.org. For information about NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP