NY Jets' Kevin Mawae Helps Benefit Pediatric Patients


NY Jets' Kevin Mawae Helps Benefit Pediatric Patients

Vol. 14, No. 3
Fall 2004

  • Toddler Beats Rare Cancer

  • Winthrop Awarded Top National Ratings for Excellence in Obstetrics

  • Winthrop at Front Lines of Cardiac Laser Surgery

  • Garden City Resident Named Auxilian of the Year

  • Internationally Known Neurosurgeon Affiliated with Winthrop

  • NY Jets' Kevin Mawae Helps Benefit Pediatric Patients

  • Teens Donate Toys to Young Patients

  • 2004 Gala Benefit Crackles with Excitement

  • Gala Honorees

  • Space-Age Laser Therapy at Winthrop Brings New Hope to Glaucoma Patients

  • Quick Diagnosis Saves Nurse's First Child

  • Clinical Trials Center Provides Community Access to New Therapies

  • Winthrop's Orthopaedic Surgeons Among Few on L.I. to Perform Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement

  • Willing to Give?

  • Winthrop's Sports Medicine Program Adds Psychological Element to Enhance Treatment

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  • New York Jets All-Pro Center Kevin Mawae generated a lot of excitement when he announced the creation of First and Goal Challenge, a unique program to benefit Winthrop-University Hospital's outstanding Child Life Program and Pediatric Services.

    Children hospitalized at Winthrop enjoyed spending time with NY Jets Center Kevin Mawae in the Child Life Activity Room. Front row (l to r) Aryeh Guterman, Steven Anzalone and Jonathan St. Juste. Back row (l to r) Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop's President & CEO; Mawae and Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of Winthrop's Pediatrics Department.
    For a $100 commitment, participants got the chance to win extraordinary prizes, including a one-on-one training session with Mawae and a complete travel package for two to a Jets away game. Every entrant received an autographed picture of Mawae. Winners were drawn at the end of the 2004 season. "The ultimate winners are the sick and injured children who come to Winthrop for care," said Mawae.

    A Garden City resident, Mawae brought one of his children to Winthrop and was impressed with the care -- especially the Child Life Program, which provides a designated "safe haven" where kids can be kids. It is a place children can call their own away from tests, needles and treatments. In the Child Life Activity room, hospitalized children play video and board games, draw and paint, read or simply interact with each other.

    "Winthrop was there for my family when we needed them," said Mawae. "We developed this fundraiser because we wanted to give back to the place where people really want to care for you."

    Mawae's wife, Tracy added, "It's important to pass your blessings on to others." She particularly admired Winthrop's dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit, which has a wide range of specialists trained to understand and care for children who have experienced a trauma or are ill. The facility is bright and child-friendly, with a staff committed to easing children's fear and discomfort.

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