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Staff from Winthrop-University Hospital recently presented Elijah Parker and his family with the proceeds from the July 12 event. Present at the donation were (l.-r.) Joan Trenkle, BS, RN, CNN, Director, Hospital and Community-based Nephrology Services at Winthrop; Keana Fells, Elijah's sister; Patricia Fells, Elijah's mother; Tyreek McRae, Elijah's brother; patient Elijah Parker; fundraiser organizer Sandi Blais, RN, Clinical Nurse, Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Winthrop; Vanessa Ramalhete, Medical Assistant, Pediatic Nephrology; fundraiser organizer Debra Milwich, Registrar, Children's Medical Center at Winthrop; Manju Chandra, MD, Director, Pediatric Nephrology; and Helen Danko, MS, RN, Director, Winthrop Dialysis Center
Mineola, NY – In a tremendous outpouring of support for 15-year-old Roosevelt resident Elijah Parker, who is currently awaiting a second kidney transplant, and his family, staff from Winthrop-University Hospital and members of the local community participated in a benefit to raise funds for the family. The event, held on July 12, 2008 at Eleanor Rigby’s in Mineola, was organized by Sandi Blais, a registered nurse in Winthrop’s Pediatric Nephrology Division, and Debra Milwich, Registrar at Winthrop’s Children’s Medical Center, and was a great success, raising $1,400 to help offset some of the expenses currently facing the family.

“As a single mother with four children, it’s been difficult for me,” said Patricia Fells, Elijah’s mother. “I am so thankful for everyone’s generosity and thoughtfulness; it means the world to our family.”

With more than 150 people in attendance, the evening featured great food and raffles of assorted gift baskets, donated by Ms. Blais and Ms. Milwich. Argent Fantasy, a local classic rock band, provided the musical entertainment and generously donated their earnings for the evening to this worthy cause.

“This is an extraordinary example of the care and compassion demonstrated by the Winthrop Team,” said Ed Chewens, Administrative Director of Winthrop’s Department of Pediatrics. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in supporting Elijah and his family.”

A patient of Manju Chandra, MD, Director of Pediatric Nephrology at Winthrop, Elijah Parker was diagnosed with kidney disease at eight years old. In June 2007, he received a kidney transplant, which had failed by March 2008. Since then, Elijah has been a hemodialysis patient at Winthrop’s Outpatient Dialysis Center while he awaits a second kidney transplant.

The Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital offers a multi-specialty, tertiary care program with 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 more information about pediatric care at Winthrop-University Hospital, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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