SB Medicine News
Funds Raised for Stony Brook Alums Help Create a Legacy for the Son They Lost
STONY BROOK, NY, October 2, 2006 -- Stony Brook University Medical Center received a special visit from John Madonia, his wife Paula Peterson and their 10-week old baby Jonathan of East Moriches this week, when members of I-CON presented a $1,600 check to the Child Life Program on their behalf. The Madonia’s late son Johnny (pictured below) was diagnosed in August 2005 at age 5 with Stage III T-Cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and tragically passed away on September 22, 2005.
|John, Paula and Jonathan Madonia of East Moriches, were joined by Richard Hutter and Diane Brown, representatives of I-CON, who presented Bradley Jerson a Child Life Specialist at Stony Brook University Medical Center, with a check for $1,600 in the name of Johnny Madonia for the purchase of new DVD/VCR combo players (as pictured) for the patient rooms in Pediatric Oncology and in the PICU.|
The I-CON donation was made possible via an auction held in Johnny Madonia’s name at the 2006 ICON Convention on Stony Brook’s West Campus. The money raised was donated to the Child Life Program this week to be used toward the purchase of new DVD/VCR combo players (as pictured) for the rooms in Pediatric Oncology and in the PICU. As alumni of Stony Brook University, both John and Paula still have strong connections on campus, and in fact John is an admired Facility Manager at the SB Student Union. The students he works with in the Media Wing were also
inspired to initiate a campaign to bring attention to the Child Life Program as a legacy to Johnny’s life, and the sorority Lambda Fe Uson, presented John Madonia with their “Man of the Year Award” for his ongoing commitment to the Child Life Program.
The Child Life program at Stony Brook University Medical Center strives to normalize the healthcare experience for pediatric patients and their families and reduce the stress associated with illness and hospitalization. The program provides therapeutic, educational and recreational activities to meet the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children.
The fundraising effort continues in Johnny’s name. For more information, please contact the Child Life Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center at (631) 444-3840 or go to www.stonybrookhospital.com/childlife.
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