WINTHROP’S CANCER CENTER FOR KIDS RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FROM THE MIRACLE FOUNDATION
The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Miracle Foundation in support of its comprehensive Child Life Program, which is committed to helping children understand and cope with hospitalization.
Pictured (l.-r.) are Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Joseph Castronovo, President, the Miracle Foundation; Patty Tanaglia, Co-founder of the Miracle Foundation; Igal Fligman, MD; Glenn Schifano, CCFK Music Therapist; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the CCFK; Nicole Almeida, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop; and Kim Krupka, Child Life Specialist.
The grant is the fifth of its kind that the CCFK has received from the Miracle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients. In 2006, with the Foundation’s help, the CCFK hired a full-time Child Life Specialist to address the psychosocial needs of its pediatric oncology/hematology patients. The Child Life Specialist orchestrates all child life activities, implementing and expanding the Center’s all-encompassing programs and resources.
Thanks to the Miracle Foundation’s ongoing generosity, the CCFK has been able to enrich the multi-faceted programs which define its Child Life Program – The Kids Club activity/support group, Project SOAR (School Re-entry and Academic Resources), and the Family Support Group among others – while enhancing the quality-of-life services it offers to pediatric cancer patients and their families.
“Serving the emotional needs of our patients is an integral part of the Cancer Center for Kids’ mission,” said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the CCFK. “We are so proud of our Child Life Program, which helps mitigate the challenges our children often face when dealing with hospitalization and illness.”
Partnered with the Miracle Foundation, the CCFK continues to create a haven of comfort and caring for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Center’s dedication to improving the lives of its children and their families meshes well with The Miracle Foundation’s mission to improve patient care, increase cancer awareness and fund worthy scientific research.
Positioned within the framework of Winthrop’s broad-based pediatric programs, the Cancer Center for Kids meets the complex challenges of children’s cancers and related blood disorders. It is the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County. For more information about Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, visit www.winthrop.org/cck or call (516) 663-9400.# # #