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CornerStone Vol. 28, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2018
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A "Bite of Hope" for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
New Star Room Designed Exclusively for Special Needs Children
An Outpouring of Support for the Cancer Center for Kids
Child Life Donations It Takes a Village
A Record Breaking Yuletide Ball
New Volunteer Birth-Doula Program is Born at NYU Winthrop
Internationally Acclaimed Pulmonary Rehab Program Celebrates 30 Years
NYU Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,046,000 for Emergency Department Renovation Project
Hospital Celebrates the Dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences Wing
Athletic Trainers Help Student-Athletes Safely Spring into Sports
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
NYU Winthrop Receives $4.2 Million NIH Grant to Study Neurocognitive Impact of Long Term Diabetes
At the Forefront of Lung Cancer Care: NYU Winthrop Leads the Way in the Area of Robotic Surgery
NYU Langone Health Brings Heart Transplant Services to NYU Winthrop
Annual Event is a Recipe for Success for One Local Foundation
Long Island’s First-Ever Ovarian Transplant Aims to Restore Fertility to Leukemia Survivor
Former NY Mets Star Infielder: Living with Prostate Cancer
The Naming of the David R. Doucette Clinical Research Center
The World's Smallest, Leadless Pacemaker Comes to NYU Winthrop
Stop the Bleed Prepares Communities to Respond to Terrorism Program aspires to save "countless lives"
Serving those who Served NYU Winthrop for Veterans Program
Have You Heard About the Grateful Patients and Families Program?
Once Again, Hospital Recognized for Meritorious Patient Outcomes by ACS

Child Life Donations It Takes a Village

There’s been enormous goodwill shown to pediatric patients in recent months as thousands of toys and gifts poured in to the Hospital’s Child Life program, which helps sick children and their families understand and cope with being hospitalized, as well as to the Cancer Center for Kids! Among the many community contributors:

Kiwanas Club donation | NYU Winthrop Hospital

The Kiwanas Club of Mineola once again donated proceeds from their annual Golf Outing to benefit Child Life

  • The Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of County Seat, Mineola, Inc.
  • Michael Magro Foundation
  • NYC District Council of Carpenters
  • New York Islanders
  • Rosario’s Giving Tree
  • Senator Elaine Phillips
  • Williston Park Rotary

Here are some heartwarming highlights

Child Life Program donations from the NY Islanders | NYU Winthrop Hospital

NY Islanders Nick Leddy (#2), Jason Chimera (#25) and goaltender Jaroslav Halak (#41) personally visited the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center and Cancer Center for Kids to bring cheer to young patients, and they easily scored. Eyes lit up as the players mingled among patients and families, and they gifted Islanders’ memorabilia. But it wasn’t only the children that were moved. Jason Chimera was clearly touched by a young man’s emotional reaction to receiving Islander game tickets, and for a moment, it seemed that Jason, too, had to recollect himself. The art of giving works both ways. Thank you, NY Islanders!

Child Life Program Donations with NYS Senator Elaine Phillips | NYU Winthrop Hospital

New York State Senator Elaine Phillips delivered over 1,000 toys to the Child Life program. Residents of Phillips’ 7th Senate District rallied for the toy drive with donations coming from 12 local schools, six libraries and community residents across the district. Toys poured in from schools in Carle Place, Elmont, Floral Park, Great Neck, Manhasset and more, and libraries in Franklin Square, Port Washington, Shelter Rock, and Williston among others. Said Senator Elaine Phillips of her visit to the Hospital, “Thank you to NYU Winthrop Hospital and to all those who donated…your generosity was remarkable...”

Rosario Cascio is only nine-years-old, but it’s never too soon to set a precedent of giving. And so the Deer Park fourth grader founded “Rosario’s Giving Tree,” a holiday drive to collect toys to donate to hospitalized children. A local radio host, Steven Vaccaro (WGBB 1240 AM/95.9 FM, WLIE 540 AM and Optimum Cable) got wind of the young boy’s initiative. Suddenly things snowballed and the gifts poured in, with Rosario personally delivering the toys to NYU Winthrop Hospital where he’d been born.

Child Life Program donations from the Children's Heart Foundation NY Chapter | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Lauren Lanzillotta is a board member of the Children’s Heart Foundation NY Chapter, which helps advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Lauren is also mother to a young son, Ronald III, who was treated for a congenital heart condition at NYU Winthrop. She saw first-hand the loving care provided by Hospital staff, including through its Child Life program, and together with her husband, Ronald Jr., wanted to pay it forward. Who would have guessed that Lauren’s grassroots program, which used the power of social media to spread the word, would result in more than 1,000 toys donated?! Talk about hearts!