Child Life Program
STONY BROOK, N.Y.,
October 13, 2011 – Put on your
running or walking sneakers and join the families and friends of pediatric
patients cared for at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital at the 23rd
Annual Run for Children. The 5K course brings participants through rolling
hills, alongside a stream and within scenic tree-lined neighborhoods in
Setauket. The event benefits the Child Life Program at Stony Brook. The
run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at Gelinas Jr. High School on Oct. 16th. Please register online
via the Child Life website.
The Run for Children
supports the Child Life Program, which strives to normalize the healthcare
experience of pediatric patients and their families to reduce stress associated
with illness and hospitalization. Certified Child Life Specialists at Stony
Brook Children’s provide patients with procedural support, preparation and
education, medical play therapy, and diversionary activities.
“Kids need more than
medicine to get well,” says Paulette Walter, Child Life Specialist at Stony
Brook. “Our program focuses on pediatric patients’ entire emotional, social,
and play needs while they are hospitalized.”
All proceeds from the
run/walk go directly to Child Life activities and events, such as music therapy
and patient birthday parties. Funds raise will also be used to purchase new
games, toys, movies, arts and crafts, and playroom supplies for the
Awards will be given
to the top three male and female finishers in all age categories. Raffles
prizes and refreshments highlight the post-race activities. Pre-registration is
$25 per individual and $30 day of race.
For more information
about the Child Life Program at Stony Brook and ways to support Child Life
services, please call 631-444-3840.