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Senator Fuschillo "Extends the Holidays" for Pediatric Patients at Winthrop

It's every child's dream to walk into a toy store overflowing with goodies and be told they can take home any toy they want. On January 4, pediatric patients in Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center had the opportunity to do just that, thanks to Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.'s annual "Extend the Holidays" toy drive, which provides a full year's supply of toys for Winthrop's Child Life Program.

More than 1,500 toys were collected through generous donations from local elementary schools, labor unions and community organizations. Senator Fuschillo hand-delivers the toys to patients after the holiday season so that hospitalized children can experience the joys of receiving a holiday gift throughout the year.

"This is an event that I look forward to each and every year here at Winthrop," said John F. Collins, Winthrop's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our pediatric patients will benefit from the Senator's generosity throughout the entire year."

"One of the best parts of the holiday season for children is the thrill and anticipation of receiving the gift of a new toy," said Senator Fuschillo. "We want to make sure that children in the hospital, who are going through tough times, can experience those same feelings throughout the year. The many toys that were donated by schools, unions, and local residents will help put smiles on the faces of many children. I thank everyone who participated in this program for once again making it a great success."

Present at the dedication of the newly upgraded GE Vivid Q echo machine were (l.-r.) Gloria Petralia, Administrative Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Donna Better, MD, Director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory and Perinatal Cardiology at Winthrop; Terrie Magro, Co-Founder of The Michael Magro Foundation; Carlos Montoya, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop; and Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.
Vol. 21, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2011

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