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“Surprise Supplies” Brighten the Day for Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Patients

March 7, 2012

There are few forces on earth more magnetic to a child, more capable of making her or him forget his worries than a tube of glitter glue, a box of colored pencils, a pad of drawing paper or a package of modeling clay.

Thanks to ArtWorks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation and their Surprise! Supplies program, our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology patients have all of this and more.

“Keeping sick kids and their siblings focused on fun things is extremely important,” says Kristen Riccardelli, The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Child-Life specialist. “For many children, art making can be extremely absorbing—and relaxing—and sometimes important ideas and feelings come out through art that a child wouldn’t be able to express otherwise.”

Two of our young patients have fun choosing art supplies from an “art cart” created by Brooklyn Pop Artist Ed Heck. The art cart and a small mountain of art supplies (with more to come) were donated by ArtWorks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation through its SurTwo of our young patients have fun choosing art supplies from an “art cart” created by Brooklyn Pop Artist Ed Heck. The art cart and a small mountain of art supplies (with more to come) were donated by ArtWorks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation through its Surprise! Supplies program. Also pictured above, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Swayam Sadanandan, MD (left), ArtWorks Executive Director Daniela Mendelsohn (center) and Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Aziza Sedrak, MD (right).


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center: 718.250.6074

ArtWorks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation: 201.608.0146 (www.artworksfoundation.org)

Brooklyn-Based Pop Artist Ed Heck (Designer of the “art cart” used at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and 20 other hospitals in the tri-state area: 718.389.9756 (www.edheck.com)

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