On November 14, 2013, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Pediatric Diabetes Program hosted its fourth annual Bite of Hope Dinner at the Inn at New Hyde Park. The event honored the special achievements of Plainview residents Marlene and Larry Wald and William Simpson and raised more than $50,000 to benefit the Program and its multifaceted approach to treating diabetes.
(L.-R.) Robert Levine, MD, PhD, Pediatric Endocrinologist; Susan Ruggerio, RN, MS, CDE, Diabetes Educator; Amy Canterella, MS, RD, Nutritionist; Lori Martin, BS, MPH, Pediatric Coordinator; Colleen Farley-Cornell, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator; Sheila Dennehy, RN, MSN, CDE, Diabetes Educator; Jean Corrigan, RN, MA, CDE, Program Director of Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program; Siham Accacha, MD, Chief of Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program; John Clark, BA, LMSW, Social Worker.
Recognized as one of the top 50 Children’s Hospitals in Diabetes and Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report, Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program was established in 2002 and continues to rank at the forefront of groundbreaking education, treatment and care for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes in the tri-state region.
The evening was emceed by WNBC’s Long Island correspondent Greg Cergol, with entertainment by Maximilian Sisalli. Program Director Jean Corrigan, RN, MSN, CDE, applauded Marlene and Larry Wald for enriching the Pediatric Diabetes Program with their generosity and personal commitment to its comprehensive education and medical care.
“I’ve watched this remarkable couple rally around their daughter as she faced the rigors of childhood diabetes. They surrounded her with love and encouraged her to follow her dreams, no matter what. They’re leading by example, and are living the challenge together,” she said.
Ms. Corrigan also thanked event Chairperson Mary Kolkhorst, Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney and Pediatric Coordinator Lori Martin for their tireless efforts. Joseph Lannig introduced the Youth Achievement Award winner, William Simpson, and praised him for “never faltering... even when things became especially challenging, William focused on helping others... speaking to newly diagnosed families and helping put their fears to rest.”
(L.-R.) Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager at Winthrop; Mary Kolkhorst, Event Chair; and the evening’s honorees Marlene and Larry Wald.
Until a cure is found, Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program’s mission is independent self-care for patients as they move from childhood to young adulthood. Children are encouraged to embrace their situation with a positive philosophy as they learn to successfully manage this chronic, life-threatening illness.
For more information about Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP.