Newark, NJ—For twenty years the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey has thrown a lively and kid-friendly holiday party that is attended by most of the young patients with cancer, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. The party, which is free and includes siblings and family members, is an opportunity for staff and families to celebrate the amazing strides these children have made all year.
“The annual party is a chance for children, families and staff members to participate in a night that has nothing to do with medical treatments and therapies and everything to do with joy and celebration,” says Jillian Hinko, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center.
This year there were more than 400 children and adults in attendance at the party, which was held on December 12 at the Double Tree Hotel at the Newark Airport.
The party is funded by a donation from The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, which was founded by Tom Coughlin, the head coach for the New York Giants. The Jay Fund’s mission is provide comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support to families with children fighting cancer.
The party includes a sit-down dinner, a DJ, face painting, clowns, an airbrush room where children can have shirts painted, as well as a visit from Santa. Food is tailored to children’s tastes, with chicken fingers and fries on the menu, as well as other choices. And at the end of the night there is an ice cream sundae bar and a gift for each family to finish the celebration.
Children with cancer and blood disorders require very special care. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach, The Valerie Fund Children's Centers provide the finest care and support for each child and his or her entire family. For more information or an appointment, please call 973-926-7161.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, 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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December 28, 2012
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