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Make a Splash for the Benefit of Children at NYU Winthrop Hospital's 17th Annual Swim-a-Thon
March 12, 2018

Event set for Sunday, April 22 at Hofstra University’s Swim Center

Mineola, NY – Every spring, young children, teens and adults alike are invited to take a dip for a worthy cause at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Annual Swim-a-Thon. This fun-filled event, which raises vital funds for the Hospital’s Child Life Program, will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hofstra University’s Swim Center.

NYU Winthrop Hospital's 17th Annual Swim-a-ThonParticipants at the annual Swim-a-Thon enjoyed a fun-filled morning of swimming while raising funds for the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital. (Photo Credit: Anne Lucas)

The Child Life Program is a pivotal component to the overall care of pediatric patients and their families at NYU Winthrop. Through the program, highly trained Certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve patients’ understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery; and provide emotional support for the entire family. To date, the Swim-A-Thon has raised more than $400,000 to benefit the Child Life Program.

The Swim-A-Thon was first conceptualized by Ron Marino, DO, Associate Chairman of Pediatrics at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Dr. Marino, an avid swimmer himself, wanted to come up with a fundraiser that would connect a healthy physical activity with giving back to the Hospital and young patients he adores. Thanks to his passion to help, and the growing support of community members, local businesses and staff, the event has flourished each year. Dr. Marino is particularly excited about the community-driven support the event has generated for the benefit of young patients.

“Community collaboration strengthens the fabric of community well-being. The annual Swim-A-Thon not only supports the mission of the Hospital in so many ways, it also fosters the personal growth of all those who participate,” said Dr. Marino.

Schools are invited to participate in groups, and community members are invited to swim or support a swimmer through a sponsorship pledge. In addition, students can earn community service hours by participating either as swimmers or as volunteers at the event.

“There is no age requirement or limit – infants to senior citizens are all welcome!” added Dr. Marino.

Each year, the Swim-A-thon is enhanced by an outpouring of support from community members who donate their time and services to make this a fun, family-centered event. Participants will enjoy swim coaching by Bryan Kurt from Open Water Swim LLC; massage therapy by Megan Iovino; live music by the Mineola High School Jazz Ensemble and Central Beat rock band; crafts provided by Cathy Grossfeld of All About Kids; yoga by Donna Dragani, and more. Saf-T-Swim, NYU Winthrop’s proud affiliate in swim training, raising funds and safety, will also be in attendance.

The registration fee for adults is $20; $10 for children ages four to 17 and students with a valid school ID.  Each swimmer receives a towel and swim cap with registration.

For more information, to sponsor a swimmer, or to register or volunteer, visit or call 516-663-8275.