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Department of External Affairs
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2013
Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
cmartines@winthrop.org

MAKE A SPLASH FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHILDREN AT WINTHROP’S ANNUAL SWIM-A-THON



- Event set for Sunday, April 21 at Hofstra Swim Center -

Swimmers of all skill levels are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning while raising funds for a worthy cause at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Twelfth Annual Swim-a-Thon on Sunday, April 21st, 2013, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. Open to swimmers of all ages, the Swim-A-Thon will raise vital funds for the Hospital’s Child Life Program through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve children’s understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family.

“The Swim-A-Thon grows every year and provides critical support to our child life programs. Participants enjoy the fun filled atmosphere with music, raffles, and more while swimming laps and enhancing their skills. A win-win,” said Ron Marino, DO, MPH, Associate Chairman and Director of General Pediatrics at Winthrop, and organizer of the annual fundraiser.

Schools are invited to come in groups, and community members are invited to swim or support a swimmer through a sponsorship pledge. In addition, students can earn community service hours by participating either as swimmers or as volunteers.

Participants will enjoy swim coaching by Joe Petrush from Total Immersion Swimming, massage therapy by Licensed Massage Therapist Denise Cooke, RN, live music by the Mineola High School jazz band and Central Beat rock band, crafts provided by Cathy Grossfeld of All About Kids, yoga, raffles, prizes and more.

The registration fee for adults is $20; for children ages four to 18 and students with a valid school ID the fee is $10. For more information, or to register or volunteer, please visit www.winthrop.org/events or call (516) 663-4423.

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