The Miracle Foundation Gives $50,000 in Support of Cancer Center for Kids

Vol. 16, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2006

  • Winthrop Neurosurgeon Offers Patients Relief From Severe Chronic Pain With Neurostimulation

  • Bug Bite & Once Controversial Treatment Saves Father of Six

  • Winthrop's New Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Center Offers State-Of-The-Art Treatment

  • Winthrop First NY Metro Hospital to Receive the ASA's Initial Performance Achievement Award

  • Fitness Program Gets Young Cancer Patients Back in the Game

  • Hagedorns' Extraordinary Gift Helps Make Miracles Grow Everyday

  • The Miracle Foundation Gives $50,000 in Support of Cancer Center for Kids

  • First Annual Mardi Gras Gala Benefits Cancer Education, Research and Support Services

  • Retired Bank Chairman's Exceptional Generosity Benefits Winthrop's Pediatric Facilities

  • A Smart Way to Give

  • Winthrop Attracts Newest Medical Talent To Residency Program

  • Gifts of Love for Winthrop's Littlest Patients

  • Cardiac Surgeon and Family Donate in Support of Heart Surgery Center Construction

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  • (L-R) Ed Chewens, Administrative Director, Department of Pediatrics; Maria Kavan, Development Specialist, Cancer Center for Kids; John P. Broder, Vice President, External Affairs and Development; Cathy Schimmel, Nurse Manager, Cancer Center for Kids; Joseph Castronovo, Miracle Foundation President; Patricia Tenaglia, Miracle Foundation Co- Founder; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Oncology and Medical Director, Cancer Center for Kids; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager, Cancer Center for Kids; Nicole Pearl, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist; John Kiffel, Miracle Foundation Trustee, and Kate Debold, Director, Miracle Foundation.
    The Cancer Center for Kids recently received a $50,000 grant from the Miracle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer, to support the Center's continuous efforts in addressing the psychosocial concerns that young cancer patients experience.

    "As the Center's Child Life Specialist, I provide therapeutic play experience and developmentally appropriate information to minimize the trauma and stress that is often associated with illness and hospitalization," explained Nicole Pearl, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist. "I also leverage supportive relationships with the children and their parents to help the families cope with anxieties before, during and after the treatment process. Thanks to the Miracle Foundation, I can continue providing the children with the tools needed to cope successfully."

    "Interacting with a Child Life Specialist makes an overwhelming difference for the Center's patients, particularly in how they are able to cope with illness," said Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager, Cancer Center for Kids. "We are so grateful that the Miracle Foundation reached out to the Cancer Center for Kids. By beginning a new relationship with Winthrop, the Foundation is sure to help many patients as their generosity allows our staff to provide the crucial support that our children so deserve."

    For more information about the Cancer Center for Kids, please call (516) 663-9409.

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