$400,000 Pledge from Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Goes Toward Construction of Pediatric Oncology Rooms in New Inpatient Center

Vol. 14, No. 1
Winter 2004

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

  • One Million Dollar Gift to Help Build Highly Advanced, Expanded Interventional Cardiology Pavilion at Winthrop

  • Giving New Meaning to the Phrase 'Beating the Odds'

  • Winthrop's Pediatric Craniofacial Team... Reshaping Children's Lives Through Cutting-Edge Surgery

  • Winthrop's Institute for Cancer Care Provides the "One-Two" Punch Needed to Battle Cancer

  • Five Cents Goes Along Way in Helping Kids with Cancer

  • Winthrop Provides A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Families, Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder Known as Prader-Willi Syndrome

  • Christopher Dowd's Story

  • $400,000 Pledge from Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation Goes Toward Construction of Pediatric Oncology Rooms in New Inpatient Center

  • Celebrating New Life... Celebrating the Miracle of Love

  • When Prostate Cancer Strikes, Cryoablation is a Viable Treatment Option

  • Winthrop Acquires Most Advanced CT Scanner for Fastest, Most Accurate Imaging of the Human Body

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Donates $30,000 to Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids Funds Raised at First Annual Golf Tournament in Memory of 9-11 Firefighter

  • Islanders Visit

  • "The future ain't what it used to be,"

  • $265,000 Grant to Help Winthrop Further Minority Health Outreach Efforts

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  • Ralph and Maryann Napolitano know first hand about the frightening experience of having a child diagnosed with cancer. Their son, Jason, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. They know all about hospitals. They know all about seemingly endless treatments. They know about doctors and nurses who make miracles happen. They know what it means to love a cancer survivor.

    Thanks to wonderful breakthroughs in research and the care of Dr. Mark Weinblatt, Chief, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology and Director of Winthrop's Pediatric Cancer Program, they also know the absolute joy the word remission can elicit. Their son beat the disease and now the family has dedicated their lives to children and families enduring the course in life they once traveled.

    In 1994, the Napolitano's founded Jay's World Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to help support the fight against childhood cancer. They have been generous supporters of Winthrop-University Hospital's Cancer Center for Kids and now, have pledged a total of $400,000 to Winthrop's Pediatric Fund for the Future to help build four specially-equipped pediatric oncology rooms in the new Pediatric Inpatient Center, to open this spring.

    "When children are admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment or for complications, they need rooms that are designed just for the pediatric oncology patient," explained Mr. Napolitano. "Having access to these individual patient rooms means more comfortable treatment for the child and less anxiety for the parents."

    The four pediatric oncology rooms will be appropriately called the Jay's World Unit to honor the commitment the Foundation has made not only to Winthrop's new Pediatric Inpatient Center, but also to the children fighting the disease.

    The rooms will be bright and cheerful, will include sleep-beds for parents and provide added privacy for patients. All children being treated in Winthrop's new Pediatric Inpatient Center will have access to the most advanced medical technology as well as the compassionate and expert care of Winthrop's Pediatric team.

    Added Mr. Napolitano, "Jay's World is proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful hospital. Winthrop puts patient care above everything else."

    For more information on Winthrop's Pediatric Fund for the Future, contact the Office of Development at (516) 663-3398.

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