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Michael Magro Foundation Shows Continued Support for Pediatric Patients at Winthrop

Dedicated to easing the burdens of children with serious illnesses and their families, The Michael Magro Foundation continues to demonstrate their extraordinary commitment to Winthrop-University Hospital and its young patients.

The Michael Magro Foundation was established by Terrie and Paul Magro in honor of their son Michael Magro, who they lost to leukemia in 2004. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has raised more than $300,000 in its ongoing crusade against pediatric cancer, enabling it to generously support young patients and their families at Winthrop in many ways.

Recently, the Foundation hosted its hallmark gourmet event � the annual Evening of Tasting & Giving � which was a terrific success, raising $80,000 for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The Michael Magro Foundation also shares Winthrop�s philosophy of minimizing anxiety for pediatric patients, and that one way to do so is through the creation of beautiful, artfully decorated child-friendly environments for clinical care. The Foundation has underwritten a penguin-themed room at Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) Outpatient Center; a custom sky-scape mural on the ceiling of the Pediatric Endoscopy Suite at Winthrop; several murals in the Winthrop Pediatric Specialty Center and the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center; and a junglethemed mural in one of the rooms within the Hospital�s dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit � a project proposed by pediatric emergency medicine physician Datev Pidedjian, MD, and Winthrop�s Child Life Program. All of the beautiful murals were hand-painted by talented local artists, Sal and Nancy Mocca.

Pictured (l.-r.) are Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Ed Chewens, Administrative Director of the Children�s Medical Center at Winthrop; Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop; Terrie Magro of the Michael Magro Foundation; and artists Sal and Nancy Mocca in front of the jungle-themed mural, which provides a child-friendly environment for young patients in the Pediatric Emergency Unit.

The Foundation is also dedicated to helping families through the financial hardships associated with pediatric illness. Its Life Essentials Program provides families with restaurant and supermarket gift cards and assists with pharmacy co-payments and various other out-of-pocket expenses. The Foundation has also made generous contributions to Winthrop�s Pediatric Primary Care Office in Hempstead, providing school supplies and gift cards so that families can shop at local stores.

The Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Office and the Children�s Kidney & Bladder Program at Winthrop have also been the grateful recipients of the Foundation�s goodwill. The Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Office recently received two new televisions and games for their young patients and the Children�s Kidney & Bladder Program received a new state-of-thescience Lx500 microscope thanks to the Foundation. And, at the CCFK, the Foundation�s unwavering support of Project SOAR (School re-entry and Ongoing Academic Resources) has been instrumental in assisting numerous CCFK patients over the years.
Vol. 20, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2010

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