L-R: John P. Broder, Vice President for Winthrop's External Affairs and Development; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager for the Cancer Center for Kids; Scott Knuckles, Fidelity Investments Garden City Branch Manager and Vice President; and Maria Kavan, Development Specialist for the Cancer Center for Kids.
Winthrop recently received a corporate donation from Fidelity Investments to sponsor a year-long weekly horticultural therapy program at the Cancer Center for Kids.
"A calming, soothing experience ideal for pediatric patients, horticultural therapy serves to normalize an often traumatic visit or hospitalization," explained horticultural consultant, Donna N. Arabian.
With Ms. Arabian's guidance, the Center's patients enjoy the opportunity to get involved in group planting sessions; creating seasonal projects; or taking lessons in plant propagation and flower arranging.
"The program's activities provide patients with a sense of control and an outlet for releasing stress," said AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program. "By digging and getting their hands dirty, they're not only having fun, but they take ownership of their project."
"Winthrop's horticultural therapy program is exceptional as it truly helps the Center's young patients cope with the stresses associated with illness and having to be in a hospital environment," explained Scott Knuckles, Fidelity Investments Garden City Branch Manager and Vice President. "Fidelity is proud to support creative gardening therapy and community programs that enrich children's lives."
L-R: Donna N. Arabian, a horticultural consultant, and AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program.
For more information about the horticultural program, call (516) 663-9409.