Sen. John Flanagan, Law Firm Bring Holiday Cheer to Kids at Stony Brook Children's
Amityville 4th grader asks Senator to pass “Toy Law” requiring free toys for all kids
STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 21, 2012 –Children hospitalized at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital were the beneficiaries of a holiday visit from Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and members of the law firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP, of Uniondale, NY, where Sen. Flanagan is of counsel, during a visit to Stony Brook Children’s on Dec. 20.
Perhaps the biggest hit with the kids was a surprise visit by “Wolfie,” the Stony Brook University mascot. But nine-year-old Anthony Hinds-Adams of Amityville stole the show. A 4th grader at Park Avenue Elementary School, Anthony is the son of Michelle Hinds of Amityville. He aspires to become President of the United States, so he said he wanted to meet the Senator, pointing out that President Obama also was once a (U.S.) Senator.
Anthony, who has sickle cell anemia, requiring monthly hospitalizations, presented two handwritten documents to Sen. Flanagan. The first was a letter to President Obama, which he asked Sen. Flanagan to deliver on his behalf. It reads, “Dear President Obama, 1 Day I want to have tea with you and I want [to] visit you.” The second document was Anthony’s proposed “Toy Law,” which conveniently included a signature line for the President to sign the proposed legislation into law. It states” Any Kids would be able to walk down to Toy-r-us & Get Free toys but need to have a toy lisence [sic].”
Sen. Flanagan promised to put both documents in the mail to President Obama on Anthony’s behalf. Later, Anthony reflected on the visit. “It was an honor,” he said.
Sen. Flanagan’s law firm conducts an annual toy drive to benefit Long Island hospitals, and Stony Brook Children’s was selected as this year’s beneficiary. In addition to Sen. Flanagan, participants in the drive included Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Esq., partner with Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, as well as Virginia Kawochka, Administrator of the firm.
On hand to greet the holiday visitors were Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.; Kenneth Kaushansky MD, MACP: Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine; L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine, and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital; Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital; and Debra Grimm MS, RN, Associate Director of Nursing and Administrator for Stony Brook Children’s.
Child Life Specialists and staff of Stony Brook Children’s helped coordinate the visit, along with the Community Relations Department of Stony Brook University and Stony Brook University Hospital.
Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children’s operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 140 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members in 30 different specialties. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookchildrens.org.