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Representatives from Winthrop-University Hospital, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive and BJ’s Wholesale Club recently gathered at the Hospital’s Pediatric Specialty Center for the dedication of a new Starlight Fun Center™ for use by pediatric patients.
Mineola, NY – Children undergoing treatment at Winthrop-University Hospital are smiling brighter. Through an ongoing partnership between Colgate-Palmolive Company and Starlight Children’s Foundation, and with the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club, a new Starlight Fun Center™ was recently unveiled at the Hospital’s Pediatric Specialty Center.

For children who may be facing surgery, enduring long outpatient treatments or fighting loneliness after hospital visiting hours have ended, Starlight Fun Centers™ provide a comforting break. Each Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit features a Sharp AQUOS™ LCD TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii™ gaming system to provide hours of fun and distraction.

“Over the years, The Starlight Children’s Foundation has been a generous supporter of Winthrop’s Child Life Program,” said Nicole Almeida, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop. “The Foundation’s support, along with the support of Colgate-Palmolive Company and BJ’s Wholesale Club, has enhanced our program and has helped us in our mission to continue to provide personalized care to the thousands of children that come to Winthrop each year.”

“When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization,” said Jenny Isaacson, VP Brand Marketing & Communications, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Our Fun Centers help ease the isolation and fear children often experience while in the hospital. We’re proud to join Colgate-Palmolive and BJ’s Wholesale Club in presenting this new Fun Center to Winthrop-University Hospital.”

“Colgate is proud to support Starlight Children’s Foundation and its dedication to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with the challenges that accompany prolonged childhood illness,” said Marie Agnes Daumas, Collaborative Customer Events, Colgate-Palmolive. “Starlight’s programs ease the burden on seriously ill children and their families and help them to better deal with, understand and manage their illnesses. With the local support of BJ’s Wholesale Club, we hope the Fun Center will help bring smiles to the children at Winthrop-University Hospital.”

This year, Colgate-Palmolive celebrated its 21st year of partnering with Starlight. During the more than two-decade partnership, Colgate has donated more than 1,300 Starlight Fun Centers™ and about $8.5 million to Starlight to promote Starlight’s mission and help improve the lives of young patients and their families.

About Winthrop-University Hospital

Winthrop-University Hospital, together with its affiliated practitioners at Winthrop Pediatric Associates, P.C. (“WPA”), utilize both the state-of-the-science facilities of the Hospital and WPA’s new outpatient practice to provide comprehensive healthcare services to children of all ages from across Long Island and Queens. The Hospital offers a multi-specialty, tertiary care program staffed by highly experienced, board-certified pediatric specialists, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized for their outstanding performance and achievements in the treatment of young patients for a range of medical conditions.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation

When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight’s programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. T¿†렄

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