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CornerStone Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2015
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NYU Winthrop's Medically Supervised Weight Management Program Helps Local Residents
NYU Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
In Memoriam
College-bound Student Athlete Finds Relief from Sinusitis
New Research and Academic Center Celebrates Grand Opening
NYU Winthrop Recognized by U.S. News & World Report for Outstanding Pediatric Care
New Drugs, New Hope for Patients Facing Lung Cancer
NYU Winthrop Earns Designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the ACR
New Equipment Enhances Care for Pediatric Airway Emergencies
Grateful Family Gives Back to NICU
The Kornreich Family Makes Donation in Honor of Young Patient
A Leader in Research
Sports Medicine Program Gives Back to the Community with Student Athlete Scholarships
Long Island's First and Only Baby-Friendly Hospital
Celebration of the Theresa M. Santmann Biomedical Research Laboratory Signals Final Stage of the Opening of the Research and Academic Center
A Bite of Hope for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
The Starlight Foundation Delivers Tablets to Pediatric Inpatient Center
NYU Winthrop Partners With Local Boy Scout to Provide Vital Resource to the Mineola Community
Once Again, NYU Winthrop Earns Designation As NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
Ninth Annual Black & White Ball Raises More Than $300,000 for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Spirit of Children Brings the Spirit of Philanthropy to Cancer Center for Kids
A Lap Goes a Long Way for Child Life at NYU Winthrop
Verizon Foundation Helps Give Patients and Their Families Peace of Mind
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Continued Support
The Book Fairies Make a Special Delivery
A Cause to Celebrate Raises Nearly $120,000 for NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program
An Evening in Tuscany - Gala Raises Over $950,000 for NYU Winthrop
30th Anniversary Golf Tournament Raises $650,000 for NYU Winthrop's Research Programs
Ask the Expert - Women's Health: Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders
Glen Oaks Country Club Shows Continued Support for NYU Winthrop
Senator Jack M. Martins Delivers Toys to Young Patients
New York Islanders Bring Cheer to Young Patients
An Early Mother's Day at NYU Winthrop
The Irish American Golf Club Makes Donation in Honor of Former Captain
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $216,000 for Child Life Program

Spirit of Children Brings the Spirit of Philanthropy to Cancer Center for Kids

Pictured at the check presentation were (l.-r.) Kristen Rodriguez, former Development Coordinator at NYU Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK); Gloria Petralia, Administrative Director of NYU Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics; Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of NYU Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics; Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager for Spirit Halloween Superstores; Linda Sweeney, former Pediatric Development Manager at NYU Winthrop; Kim Krupta, Child Life Specialist; and Ashley Carlo, Manager at NYU Winthrop's CCFK.

Thanks to the generosity of the Spirit of Children Program, the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) recently received a grant for nearly $35,000. This is the seventh donation from the foundation, bringing their total giving to the Center to just over $170,000.

Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals more inviting for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals.

The Spirit of Children Program’s recent donation also includes the support of Donna and Allan Axelowitz of Huntington, whose son Ryan was a patient of Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at NYU Winthrop and Director of the CCFK. Thanks to their enduring friendship, the therapeutic programs and services at the CCFK have continued to flourish and grow.

With the help of resources made possible by the Spirit of Children Program, the CCFK’s Child Life Program has grown into a safe haven for kids undergoing cancer treatment to enjoy socialization with peers through theme weeks, holiday parties, movie and game nights, tickets to Citifield and other activities.

The CCFK’s Music Appreciation Program continues to thrive, and Child Life Specialists can recognize children’s birthdays and other milestones with gifts like a superhero figure, a LEGO set or a doll.

“We are most grateful for our part- nership with the Axelowitz family and the Spirit of Children,” said Dr. Weinblatt. “We are proud of what we have been able to accom- plish with their help.”

For more information about the CCFK, visit or call 1-866-WINTHROP.