YONKERS, NY (August 2014)—Last Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Don Settanni, Luis Vazquez and Anthony Fiore of Special Kids of N.Y., Inc. visited the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center to see the four, brand-new seating systems that their organization purchased for the residents of the Pediatric Center in action. Earlier this year, Special Kids also donated nine 16GB iPad Airs to the Pediatric Center that came with AppleCare protection and iTunes gift cards for each, as well as hats for all 137 of the Pediatric Center’s residents in anticipation of our 1st Annual Block Party. Special Kids of N.Y., Inc., which is based in Katonah, N.Y., provides much needed medical and rehabilitative equipment to facilities that care for medically complex children.
The Pediatric Center’s Director of Rehabilitation, Carmela Senese, M.A., OTR/L, was incredibly touched by Special Kids’ generosity. “We are so fortunate to have a group like Special Kids of N.Y. on our side,” she said. “They truly provided us with the equipment that our residents need most – equipment that facilitates their mobility and their communication. Ninety-nine percent of our residents are unable to walk and the vast majority of our children also have severe communication and learning needs, which is why these seating systems and iPads are incredible contributions that will help us better meet the needs of this very unique population of children,” Senese said.
Brian Harrington, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, agreed. “The difference that Special Kids has made in the lives of the medically complex children who reside at the Pediatric Center is immeasurable,” he said. “The overwhelming majority of our patients are Medicaid-dependent, which means that without the help of Special Kids, these critical pieces of equipment might otherwise be unfunded.”
“Since Special Kids reached out to us, we have formed a truly amazing relationship,” Harrington added. “We’re so grateful for all the generosity and support they’ve shown us in this short amount of time and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the connection between Special Kids and our own ‘special kids.’”