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Winthrop Announces 18th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” to Benefit the Child Life Program - Archived
March 20, 2015

- Event set for March 19, 2015 at The Garden City Hotel -

The Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the 18th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” benefitting the Child Life Program. Honoring nine-year-old Sean Hatzfeld of Rockville Centre and his family, the event will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel.

Sean is a young patient who has benefited tremendously from the Child Life program. In 2013, then eight-year-old Sean was admitted to Winthrop, where the Hospital’s pediatric team determined he was suffering from severe sepsis – a blood infection that can cause fever, low blood pressure (shock) and serious respiratory distress - and was on the brink of multi-organ failure. Winthrop is a leader in pediatric sepsis care, and the pediatric team was able to treat Sean’s potentially life-threatening infection quickly and effectively, saving his life. During his 14-day stay at Winthrop, the Child Life Program provided much needed respite for young Sean with games, movies and other forms of play, education and relaxation techniques.

“Being honored at the event is a humbling experience, given the extraordinary work that happens on a daily basis at the Hospital,” said Patricia Hatzfeld, Sean’s mother. “We were so grateful for the amount of dedication and expertise that we experienced during Sean’s time at Winthrop, and this gives us an opportunity to give back to the Child Life Program that helped Sean so much while he was in the Hospital.”

The evening’s theme will be “A Night of Motown” and feature musical entertainment by Shadows of the Sixties: A Tribute to the Four Tops, Supremes and Friends.

The funds raised by “A Cause to Celebrate” support Winthrop’s extraordinary Child Life Program, through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve the understanding of medical procedures, teach relaxation techniques to help the patients cope with illness or surgery and provide emotional support for the entire family.

“We are so appreciative of the community’s loyal support to Winthrop’s Child Life Program,” said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of Winthrop’s Child Life Program. “Their goodwill continues to enable the Child Life team to meet the unique psychosocial needs of our pediatric patients and their families.”

Individual tickets, including cocktails and dinner, journal ads and sponsorship packages are available. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Winthrop’s Office of Development at (516) 663–3398. To make reservations online, visit www.winthrop.org/events.

Contact:   Courtney Allison
                  Publications Specialist
                  (516) 663-2234