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Winthrop-University Hospital Offers a Bite of Hope For Pediatric Diabetes Patients
January 22, 2016

Mineola, NY – On November 19, 2015, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Pediatric Diabetes Program hosted its Sixth Annual Bite of Hope Dinner at the Inn at New Hyde Park. The event honored the special achievements of Hannah Burton and her family, of East Rockaway, and Youth Achievement Award winner Kristen Rydzewski of Garden City. The evening raised more than $52,000 to benefit the Program and its multifaceted approach to treating young patients with diabetes.

Ranked as one of the leading diabetes and endocrinology programs in the nation, Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program was established in 2002 and continues to rank at the forefront of groundbreaking treatment, education and care for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes throughout the tri-state region.

Proceeds from the Bite of Hope event will be directly used for the psychosocial services provided by Winthrop's Pediatric Diabetes Program. Since these services are offered free to patients and are not reimbursed by insurance, the Program relies on philanthropic contributions to thrive.

The evening was emceed by CBS News’ Sophia Hall with entertainment provided by Maximilian Sisalli, a longtime supporter of the Program. Winthrop Pediatric Diabetes Program Director Jean Corrigan, RN, MA, CDE, applauded the Burton family and their daughter, Hannah, as well as Kristen Rydzewski, for enriching the Pediatric Diabetes Program with their generosity and personal commitment to its comprehensive education and medical care.

Ms. Corrigan also gratefully acknowledged the tireless efforts of Lori Benzoni, Pediatric Program and Event Manager, and social worker Danielle Alessio.

The Pediatric Diabetes Team at Winthrop is grateful for the community’s continued support of their program. Their mission is to provide quality care and comprehensive education promoting independent self-care for patients as they move from childhood to young adulthood. Children are encouraged to embrace a positive philosophy as they learn to successfully manage this chronic illness.

For more information about Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Program, visit our website or call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Winthrop-University Hospital's Sixth Annual Bite of Hope DinnerPictured at the Sixth Annual Bite of Hope Event are members of Winthrop’s Pediatric Diabetes Team including (l.-r.) Grace Bernaudo, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator; Lori Benzoni, BS, MPH, Pediatric Program and Event Manager; Jean Corrigan, RN, MA, CDE, Program Director, Pediatric Diabetes Program, Diabetes Educator; Danielle Alessio, LCSW, Social Worker; Sheila Dennehy, RN, MSN; Edith Fiore, MS, RN, CPNP, CDE; Amy Canterella, MS, RD, Nutritionist; Siham Accacha, MD, Chief of the Pediatric Diabetes Program; Robert Levine, MD, PhD, Pediatric Endocrinologist.

2015 Bite of Hope Honoree Hannah Burton2015 Bite of Hope Honoree Hannah Burton of East Rockaway gathers with her parents and Sheila Dennehy (far left).

2015 Youth Achievement Award recipient Kristen Rydzewski 2015 Youth Achievement Award recipient Kristen Rydzewski of Garden City and her parents.