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Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
September 6, 2016

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital was a second home to the Fetzer family of Bayville, NY, for many months while their son, Matthew, underwent cancer treatment. In honor of their son, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005, the Fetzer family created the Matthew Fetzer Foundation, fulfilling Matthew’s wish of helping other children with cancer.

“It was Matthew’s wish to deliver toys to the children and that’s what we’re doing for him. We are working very hard to honor his wish,” said his mother, Ann Fetzer, who has visited the Hospital more than 20 times over the past five years to deliver toys and brighten the days of children and their families. The Foundation also hosts parties and other events and provides financial and emotional support to those affected by childhood cancer. They have made a difference through the many locations they visit throughout the Long Island and New York City area.

“The Fetzer family has become not only a very generous donor to our program but also welcome friends throughout the years,” said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop. “They continue to provide the children and their families countless smiles with their visits. They are extremely thoughtful and always provide special ‘treats’ for each family member, including on celebrations for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the majority of the holidays throughout the year. We look forward to working with them for years to come.”

The Fetzers are grateful for the care they received at Winthrop during a difficult time.

“We were comforted knowing there was always someone there to help us or talk with us,” said Ms. Fetzer, recalling how Ms. Almeida spent a snowy night with the family in the Emergency Room. “The staff took great care of our family when we needed it, and now they are doing it again by helping us when we deliver toys.”

For more information about the Matthew Fetzer Foundation please call 516-695-5137 or contact them on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about the Child Life Program at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

The Fetzer family delivers toys to young patients at Winthrop-University Hospital in honor of their son, Matthew.

The Fetzer family delivers toys to young patients at Winthrop-University Hospital in honor of their son, Matthew.