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Joseph Castronovo, President of the Miracle Foundation (fourth from left), and Patty Tenaglia, Co-founder of the Miracle Foundation (center), present a check to Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids (fourth from right). Also pictured at the check presentation are (l.-r.): Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Kim Krupa, Certified Child Life Specialist; Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager; Igal Fligman, MD, Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist; Elizabeth Urbanski, Development Specialist at the Cancer Center for Kids; and Ed Chewens, Assistant Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Services.
The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Miracle Foundation in support of its Child Life Program. This grant, the sixth of its kind, brings the Foundation’s total donations to $300,000.

In addition to providing a gold standard of medical care, the CCFK addresses many of the compelling issues associated with pediatric cancers, paying particular attention to the emotional and quality-of-life needs of patients and their families. In 2006, with the Foundation’s help, the CCFK hired a full-time Certified Child Life Specialist to address the psychosocial needs of its pediatric hematology/oncology patients. Thanks to the Miracle Foundation’s ongoing generosity, the CCFK’s Child Life Specialist has been able to expand the Center’s multi-faceted programs and activities.

Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids, characterized the Foundation’s help as “instrumental to helping our kids and families get through a trying time in their lives. Their support has enabled us to expand the Child Life Program to include many after-hours, fun-filled programs which help our children work through the challenges thrown at them by their illness and treatment.”

The CCFK’s dedication to improving the lives of its pediatric patients and their families meshes well with the Miracle Foundation’s mission to improve patient care, increase cancer awareness and fund worthy scientific research. “We are proud of our partnership with the Miracle Foundation,” said Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney, “and grateful for what it has enabled the Center’s Child Life Program to accomplish.”

Winthrop-University Hospital together with its affiliated practitioners have collaborated to create the Cancer Center for Kids. The Cancer Center for Kids’ services are provided by both the Hospital and Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists affiliated with Winthrop Pediatric Associates, P.C. (“WPA”) who utilize both the state-of-the-science facilities of the Hospital and WPA’s new outpatient practice.

Diagnosing and treating the range of cancers and blood disorders in children is the focus of specialists in Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids. Staffed by pediatric hematologists/ oncologists with decades of experience, the Center is a unique regional resource that caters to children's medical needs and also addresses the psychosocial issues they and their families face.

For more information about the CCFK, call (516) 663-9400 or visit

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