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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2013
Contact: Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234
lcherry@winthrop.org

FOURTH ANNUAL “BITE OF HOPE” DINNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WINTHROP’S PEDIATRIC DIABETES PROGRAM

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Winthrop-University Hospital will host its Fourth Annual Bite of Hope Dinner at the Inn at New Hyde Park to benefit the Hospital’s Pediatric Diabetes Program. Recognized as one of the top 50 Children’s Hospitals in Diabetes and Endocrinology in the nation by US News & World Report, the Program was established in 2002 and continues to rank at the forefront of groundbreaking treatment, education and care for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes throughout the tri-state region.

This year’s event honorees, Marlene & Larry Wald, and William Simpson, are friends and philanthropists who have enriched the Pediatric Diabetes Program with their generosity and personal commitment to its comprehensive treatment and care.

The evening will feature a special appearance by NBC-TV’s Lauren Scala, whose “Great American Health Challenge” is part of NBC New York’s “Go Healthy New York” campaign. On her show, Scala shops with contestants and encourages participants to compete in a series of tasks that foster well-being: nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation. She is a perfect partner for the Program’s long-term goals and each patient’s dreams for a healthier tomorrow.

Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program is an American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recognized pediatric diabetes and endocrine care program. The Program has treated more than 1,000 children with diabetes, hundreds of whom utilize insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. The Program conducts various teen, child and toddler support groups. In addition, members of the Winthrop Pediatric Diabetes Center are actively involved in research to identify, understand and treat pediatric diabetes patients.

Since the Pediatric Diabetes Program’s psychosocial services are offered free to patients and are not reimbursed by insurance, they depend on voluntary contributions to thrive. Proceeds from Bite of Hope enable the Pediatric Diabetes Program to provide essential emotional support for children with diabetes as they learn to successfully manage this chronic, life-threatening illness.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, please call Linda Sweeney at (516) 664-9400.

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