Fun Center Donated to Unit
According to the Starlight Foundation, the Fun Center’s primary purpose is diversion, but the technology also can be used to encourage children to do their physical therapy and motor coordination exercises and may even result in a reduced need for pain medication.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to have this Fun Center™ for our young patients,” said Mary Ann Carpenter, R.N., of Wayne Memorial’s Pediatric Department.
“And to think that a parent of a former patient got this for us, well, that makes it all the more fantastic. It’s like a gift from one child to another.”
Bruce and Marla Ostrover, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., donated the entertainment unit to Wayne Memorial after their daughter was hospitalized there while attending Camp Blue Ridge in Equinunk.
Mr. Ostrover said they became familiar with the Fun Center™ when their son was hospitalized at Northern Westchester Hospital. He said it “made his stay in the hospital tolerable.”
“Unfortunately, there are a large number of sick children in hospitals who could use a little comfort and fun when they are lying in their hospital bed,” he added. The Ostrovers have donated 24 Fun Centers to hospitals so far and Mr. Ostrover said his goal is to continue to provide them each year.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation makes a world of difference for seriously ill children and their families. Since 1985, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut chapter has been offering hope and a brighter future for seriously ill children. The goal of the Starlight Children’s Foundation is to help these children experience the simple joys of being a child. Each year, Starlight serves over 275,000 critically, chronically and terminally ill children throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For more information, please log on to www.starlight.newyork.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Three-year-old Lance J. Peak plays Mario Baseball with his father, Lance R. Peak, on the new Fun Center™ in Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Department. The parents of a young girl who was hospitalized at Wayne Memorial when she was attending camp in Wayne County donated the mobile entertainment unit to the hospital.Back