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CornerStone Vol. 29, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2019
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A "Miracle Baby"
Groundbreaking Study Shows Promise for Correcting Common Misdiagnoses of Hyponatremia
NYU Winthrop's Neonatal Breakthroughs
Young Mother Finds Hope & Overcomes Breast Cancer Diagnosis Thanks to a Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Nutrition Services for Cancer Patients are Expanded
Does Acid Reflux in Infants Lead to Early-Onset Asthma?
Allergies and Asthma Are Nothing to Sneeze At!
Childhood Migraines – More Common Than You Think
Nationally Recognized Programs and Services
Flavored E-Cigs: Teen Gateway to a Lifetime of Nicotine Addiction
Gratitude Abounds at Second Annual Breakfast of Champions
Helping Patients Stay Steady on Their Feet
Annual Gala Raises More than $890,000
Expanding the Footprint for Stellar Patient Care
Where Medical Milestones Are Made
Lions Club International Multiple District 20-K2 Shows their Support for NYU Winthrop
Diabetes Executive Earns Elite Honor as a 2018 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
A "Bite of Hope" for Children with Diabetes
Local Resident Uses Her Talents to Give Back to Patients in the Neonatal ICU
Yuletide Ball Raises Vital Funds for Child Life Program
Cruizin' for a Cure
Lifting Spirits and Sharing Hope
An Outpouring of Support (and Toys!) for NYU Winthrop’s Smallest Patients
Is it the Forgetfulness of Old Age – or Alzheimer’s?
NYU Winthrop Chosen to Provide Ambulance Services to Garden City

An Outpouring of Support (and Toys!) for NYU Winthrop’s Smallest Patients

In the spirit of the season, enormous goodwill was displayed towards pediatric patients as thousands of toys and gifts poured in to the Child Life program, which helps young patients and their families understand and cope with being hospitalized, both in the Hospital setting as well as at the Cancer Center for Kids. Among the many generous community contributors were:

  • Matthew Fetzer Foundation
  • New York Islanders
  • Assemblyman Ed Ra
  • Toys for Tots
  • Williston Park Rotary Club
  • Michael Magro Foundation
  • Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Nassau County EMS
  • ... and many more!

Here are just a few of the heartwarming highlights:

New York Islanders Mathew Barzal, Cal Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle, and Nick Leddy took time from their busy schedules on the ice to score big with patients and their families at the Children’s Medical Center and the Cancer Center for Kids. The players spent time visiting with patients, delivering toys and gifting Islanders’ memorabilia. But the greatest gift of all was the ear to ear smiles they provided to all those they came in contact with.

NY Islanders visiting an NYU Winthrop pediatric patient | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Paramedics, police officers and even the Nassau County Executive and Police Commissioner brought the North Pole to NYU Winthrop on December 18, sliding up to the hospital’s front entrance in a musical sleigh filled with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, helpful elves and colorful friends like Mickey Mouse, Captain America, Winnie the Pooh, and more. After taking photos and handing out gifts to young visitors in the main entrance, the first responders raced up to the pediatric unit to meet and greet children of all ages to brighten their holiday with special gifts.

Nassau County EMS in a musical sleigh with Mr and Mrs Claus | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Heartfelt thanks to Assemblyman Ed Ra who delivered tons of toys generously donated by Elmont Memorial Junior – Senior High School, New Hyde Park Memorial, Hampton Street School in Mineola & Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place to benefit the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop. Their most generous donation will help bring smiles to pediatric patients throughout the year.

Assemblyman Ed Ra toy donations | NYU Winthrop Hospital

NYU Winthrop was once a second home to the Fetzer family of Bayville, NY, for many months while their son, Matthew, underwent cancer treatment. In honor Matthew, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005, the Fetzer family created the Matthew Fetzer Foundation, fulfilling their son’s wish of helping other children with cancer. Ann Fetzer, pictured right, visits the Hospital several times throughout the year to deliver toys and brighten the days of children and their families. The Foundation also hosts parties and other events and provides financial and emotional support to those affected by childhood cancer.

Matthew Fetzer Foundation toy donations | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Andrew J. Diaz, Sergeant, United States Marines Corps, and volunteers from NYCB LIVE delivered more than 500 toys from the Nassau County Toys for Tots chapter to young patients at NYU Winthrop. The toys were collected during one of the nation’s largest one-day collection of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to benefit children throughout Nassau County during the holiday season.

Andrew J. Diaz, Sergeant, United States Marines Corps, and volunteers from NYCB LIVE deliver toys to our pediatric patients | NYU Winthrop Hospital