More than 75 swimmers joined together at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s 17th Annual Swim-A-Thon at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. Participants raised funds for the Hospital’s Child Life Program through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve children’s understanding of medical procedures and teach relaxation techniques to help young patients cope with illness or surgery. They also provide emotional support for the entire family. The 2018 event raised close to $35,000, bringing the event’s total contributions to the Child Life Programs since its inception in 2002 to more than $450,000.
Each year, the Swim-A-Thon is enhanced by an outpouring of support from community members who donate their time and services to make this a fun, family-centered event. Participants enjoyed swim coaching by Open Water Swim LLC; massage therapy by Megan Iovino; live music by the Mineola High School Jazz Ensemble and Central Beat rock band; crafts provided by Cathy Grossfeld of All About Kids; yoga by Donna Dragani, and lots and lots of prizes!
For more information about the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.