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Just before the school year came to a close, a group of 4th graders in Sandra Ginalski’s class at Hampden Meadows School in Barrington made a special gift to Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients – ten books written and illustrated by students. It was the second year in a row that Ms. Ginalski organized a class project focused on our hospital.
Last year, she wrote a poem entitled, “A Tribute to Good Night Lights” and had her class illustrate the book before they presented it to Good Night Lights creator Steve Brosnihan when he visited their classroom. The project was so well-received that Ms. Ginalski couldn’t wait to create a project for this year’s class.
Ms. Ginalski encouraged her students to pick a topic that could be turned into a book and shared with a patient at the hospital. She then purchased blank books for her students to use to bring their creativity to life. The results ranged from tongue-twister and joke books, to picture books and even one featuring Harry Potter.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its thanks and appreciation to Ms. Ginalski and all of her students for helping to bring smiles to the faces of our patients while letting them know others are thinking of them!
When Zoe Schloss was just two-months old, she lost her older brother, Max, to Tay-Sachs disease, a rare, incurable disorder that affects fewer than 20,000 Americans each year.
Though Zoe was very young at the time, her mother, Cynthia Lynch, involved her in ensuring Max’s legacy would live on with the creation of the Max All-Star Kid Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in support of pain and palliative care. The goals of palliative care are to relieve pain and distressful symptoms, and to provide services that enhance the comfort and quality of life for the child and family.
After Max passed away, Zoe and her mother would visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital each year on Max’s birthday—December 5—to bring presents and toys to the children staying here, hoping to bring smiles to faces.
Fast-forward to Zoe's senior year of high school, when she combined her love of running with her senior high school project and organized a benefit for the Max All-Star Kid Program.
For months, Zoe planned and organized “Miles for Max,” recruiting help from her community and local businesses. When the big day finally arrived, the road race was an overwhelming success, drawing nearly 100 runners who came together to raise more than $13,000 in support of Max’s program.
Zoe is an inspiration to all of us at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and a beautiful example of what it means to honor the memory of a loved one with a full, generous and caring heart.