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13th Annual Swim-A-Thon Raises $35,000 for Winthrop’s Child Life Program - Archived
April 15, 2014
Swimathon 1.jpgSwimmers at Winthrop’s 13th Annual Swim-a-thon to benefit the Child Life Program.
Swimathon 4.jpgSwimmers at Winthrop’s 13th Annual Swim-a-thon to benefit the Child Life Program.

Nearly 150 swimmers made a splash on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Winthrop-University Hospital’s 13th Annual Swim-a-Thon at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. Participants raised funds for the Hospital’s Child Life Program, a program through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve children’s understanding of medical procedures, teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family. The 2014 event raised approximately $35,000, bringing this event’s total contributions to the Child Life Program since its inception in 2002 to more than $288,000.

Participants enjoyed swim coaching by Joe Petrush from Total Immersion Swimming; massage therapy by Licensed Massage Therapist Denise Cook, RN; live music by the Mineola High School jazz band and Central Beat rock band; crafts provided by Cathy Grossfeld of All About Kids; yoga, prizes and more.

“We are grateful for the community’s support in making the event such a success, and every lap goes a long way,” said Ron Marino, DO, MPH, Associate Chairman and Director of General Pediatrics at Winthrop, and organizer of the annual fundraiser. “The event grows yearly and is great time for all!”