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CornerStone Vol. 26, No.1, Spring/Summer 2016
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A Second Miracle for Allison
Revolutionary Heart Procedure Provides New Treatment for Sufferers of Aortic Valve Stenosis
WATCHMAN: A New Treatment Option for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Lifesaving Procedure and Wedding Bells for Patient with Rare Heart Condition
New, State-of-the-Art Trauma Center Opens
Committed to the Fight against Obesity
Empowered to Educate: Women with Heart Disease Fight Back
American Heart Association Awards Grant-in-Aid to NYU Winthrop Researchers
Diabetes Prevention Program: Motivating Local Residents to Change Their Lives
24th Annual Gala Raises More than $1,000,000
Celebrating Service and Philanthropy: Special Room Dedication Held for Esteemed Physician
Getting into the Spirit at NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
Annual Golf Outing Benefits the CCFK
Bo Jackson Brings Special Memories
Gregg’s Wings Foundation Continues Support
CCFK Patients Rock at Seventh Annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer
Local Kiwanis Club Continues Longtime Support
CCFK Crosses the Finish Line
A Cause to Celebrate Raises Nearly $115,000 for Child Life Program
Good for the Brain: Unique Art Expressions Group Brings Patients and Caregivers Together
A Family Tradition of Philanthropy
Unique Toilet Training Program Helps Youngsters ‘Go’
New Mural Brightens Walls and Lifts Spirits
New Chiropractic Collaboration Provides Coordinated Care for Patients
NYU Winthrop Nurses Earn Prestigious Magnet Recognition
New Member Elected to NYU Winthrop’s Board of Directors
New Electronic Medical Record Set to Go Live This Summer
Raising the Bar for Care with National Recognitions
Yuletide Ball Raises $207,000 for Child Life Program
A Bite of Hope for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
Celebrating a 23-Year Partnership
Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Supports NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
Floreine J. NYU Winthrop’s Memory Honored with Tranquil Garden
Senator Martins Spreads Cheer Among Young Patients
Preventing Heat-Related Illness
NYU Winthrop Researchers Advocate for 9/11 First Responders Suffering from Debilitating Neurological Condition
A Special Evening of Tasting and Giving Supports Pediatric Patients

Getting into the Spirit at NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids

In truly spirited fashion, Spirit Halloween Superstores delivered more than $100,000 to NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). The check was the largest donation Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager for the store, had ever personally delivered to a sin- gle hospital in her years working with Spirit Halloween. This contribution brings Spirit’s total giving to more than $308,000 to benefit the Center’s Child Life Program, designed to help ease the anxiety of hospitalization for kids and their families.

“Thanks to the amazing generosity of store customers, we were able to make this happen,” said Ms. Martin. “We feel so for- tunate to be able to do what we do and make the hospital experience a little more worry-free.”

These proceeds also include the sup- port of Donna and Allan Axelowitz, whose son was treated by Dr. Weinblatt 20 years ago. Mrs. Axelowitz refers to Dr. Weinblatt and the CCFK staff as “angels in our hearts,” and said she cannot overstate how much the Child Life Program means to her entire family.

“The minute we walked in, there was someone to play with the kids. There were games and things to make kids feel more ‘normal,’” recalled Mrs. Axelowitz of the time they spent at the CCFK. “Anytime [Ryan, her son] would go for treatment, by the time we got back to his room, Child Life would have his kitchen set in there.”

Mrs. Axelowitz hopes their support helps families who are going through what her family once did.

“I want other families to see there is a light at the end of the tun- nel, even though you might not believe it,” she said. Thanks to the enduring friendship of both the Axelowitz family and Spirit Halloween, the Center’s Child Life Program – one of a collection of psychosocial support services to CCFK patients and their families – continues to thrive.

Allan and Donna Axelowitz (left) join with Dawn Martin, Long Island Zone Manager, Spirit Halloween Superstores (center), and members of the NYU Winthrop community for a recent check presenta- tion to NYU Winthrop’s Center for Kids. The funds raised support the Child Life Program at the Center.