I am a pediatrician at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and I see firsthand what charities like yours do for children. At my hospital alone, the donation of a 3 Nintendo Wii systems from a local organization completely changed the hospital stays for our patients. While the younger children already had plenty of donated Arts & Crafts supplies and Dora/Disney DVDs, people tend to forget that pediatrics goes until the age of 18 or even 21 in some cities. I’m sure that you can imagine that our 6’4” 15 year-olds undergoing weeks-long chemotherapy regimens don’t exactly have an affinity for finger painting, High School Musical or The Wiggles. The Wii systems (including the new favorite of the floor, Rock Band) allows our older patients to enjoy their time at the hospital, forget the often (physically and emotionally) painful conditions/treatment and spend time with their brothers, sisters and visiting friends like they did at home.
Please continue the good work you do for the children!
James Brief, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Maimonides Medical Center