Children’s Hospital of New Jersey is visited by ConKerr Cancer
for a Pillowcase Making Party for Young Patients
|Allison Garcia shows her pillowcase and stands with Terry Syberd and Ginny Pivko from ConKerr Cancer Society.
Newark, NJ--Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) was recently visited by ConKerr Cancer, an organization dedicated to making cheerful pillowcases for sick children in hospitals nationwide. ConKerr Cancer held a pillowcase making party called, “A Case for Smiles,” for patients on the pediatric unit and their families on August 8. Overall 50 colorful pillowcases were made and given to the young patients to take home. The organization brought sewing machines and a variety of fabrics to choose from, some with cars and cartoon characters for younger children, others with peace symbols and other designs for adolescents and teens. Since January, ConKerr Cancer has donated 100 pillowcases a month to CHoNJ.
“The kids were very excited and it was a great craft even for families with infants because all ages can enjoy a new pillowcase,” said Anne Reilly, Director of Child Life at CHoNJ. “We are grateful to ConKerr Cancer for a fun day and a thoughtful project that can be taken home and enjoyed.”
In five years, ConKerr Cancer has delivered over 500,000 pillowcases to sick children in hospitals across the country. ConKerr Cancer started when Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit. The pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, has grown to include school groups, sewing circles, church groups and fabric stores who are all making pillowcases for the kids.
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
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August 15 , 2012
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