Since 2008, a unique initiative has paved the way for a very special program to thrive at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Recently, Spirit Halloween Superstores presented NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) with a grant in the amount of over $97,000 in support of the CCFK's Child Life Program. This spirited contribution was the second largest to the CCFK from the Spirit of Children initiative, through which Spirit Halloween raises funds to support Child Life in hospitals all across the country. To date, the magnanimous initiative has contributed over $400,000 to the Child Life Program at the CCFK.
Allan and Donna Axelowitz; Ashley Carlo, Practice Manager, CCFK; Dawn Martin of Spirit Halloween; Lisa Malikin, Administrative Director of Pediatrics; Kim Krupa, Certified Child Life Specialist; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Director of the CCFK; Stephanie Meier, Assistant Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Services; and Leonard Krilov, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
Thanks to the enduring friendship and support of both the Axelowitz family, who can attest to both the importance and wonderful care delivered by the Child Life Program, and Spirit Halloween, the CCFK’s Child Life Program – one of a collection of psychosocial support services to CCFK patients and their families – continues to thrive.
"Their continued generosity, support and enthusiasm has been instrumental in helping to provide patients and families with vital services and programs. It is because of their collective support that CCFK experiences are more positive and less scary for young patients and their families," said Kim Krupa, Certified Child Life Specialist at the Cancer Center for Kids.