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California Boxer Donates Winnings From NJ Match to Children's Hospital of New Jersey

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Mr. Paul Vasquez, a golden glove champion and a worldwide boxer visiting Children’s Hospital of New Jersey after his $4000 donation, playing and putting a smile on children who are getting treated at CHoNJ. Left Picture: Six year old Rashon Lewis puts up his “dukes,” with Paul Vasquez. Right Picture: Seven-year old Malachi Santiago shows Paul Vasquez how to play with play dough and toys in the Children’s Playroom.

NEWARK, New Jersey – June 17, 2013 - California boxer Paul Vasquez recently visited Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) to greet hospitalized children and to donate winnings from a boxing match in South Orange last week. Vasquez donated $4,000 to CHoNJ for programs for children.

Paul has donated funds to sick children in the past, including to the Children’s Miracle Network and Oakland East Bay Area Hospital. He is known for donating winnings from his boxing matches to the nearest children’s hospital where his matches are held. He has competed in the area twice over the last six months, in South Orange and in Whippany last March.

“Thank you to Paul Vasquez for his generosity in his time and donations to the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Jersey. “It’s important to distract hospitalized children from focusing on their illness or hospital stay – resources provided from Paul’s donation will help keep children focused on getting better and returning home.”

About $250 of the $4000 donation the hospital received from Paul Vasquez was used towards play dough for children to play and reveal their artistic creations. This activity helps children on many different levels as it eases stress and helps release anger in a positive way. Moreover, the rest of the donation money will be put towards a salary for a massage therapist Linda, who works 10 hours a week providing massage to pediatric patients. She works with both the patients and the parents to help relieve kids who are in pain and teaching our parents some simple techniques they can do when she is not around. Medical research has shown that pediatric massage can reduce and attenuate pain, reduce anxiety and depression, reduce heart rate, blood pressure and reduce stress hormone levels in both the child getting the massage and in the mother or caregiver giving the massage.

Mr. Vasquez is a golden glove champion and boxes all over the world. He was inspired to donate all his winnings from boxing matches to sick children after he heard of them fighting their illnesses at such young age from his wife, who is a pediatric nurse in Oakland CA, in hopes of helping children in the slightest way as well as encouraging others to do the same.

Vasquez is a light heavyweight boxer, based in northern California. Vasquez said, “I pour my heart and soul into my fights only to inspire millions more around the world to give the gift of life by donating to our children. Please support sick and dying children everywhere.”

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Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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