#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino traveled #AcrossTheRiver to New York City’s Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders to spend Valentine’s Day with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a group of very special kids, and one fun Cupid!
“As Coach Coughlin always says, our goal is to be there families in ways that they need us- financially, emotionally and practically. With these visits, we wanted to give these kids a day off from cancer and have some fun,” explained Lynn Chwatsky, Managing Director of The Jay Fund (NY/NJ).
“I’m so thankful that the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund has given me the opportunity to spend time with these amazing kids,” Steve said. “There’s nothing better than giving back, and nobody does it better than Coach Coughlin’s charity.”
One of hospital’s patients, Lisette, voiced how thankful she was for this special day.
“Not many people come and choose to do something fun for kids who are sick,” Lisette said. “It’s nice to have a laugh from someone while going through these treatments.”
Dr. William Carroll, Medical Director of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, echoed Lisette’s appreciation. “The Jay Fund makes what we do here possible. Our children are able to achieve remarkable feats because of their support.”
The visit was part of a week-long V-Day celebration by The Jay Fund, who helped spread cheer at other area hospitals including St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his wife, Judy and NBC-4 sportscaster Bruce Beck participated in those events.
Other support came from New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, children from St. Rita School in Alexandria, VA, Tanglewood School in Staten Island, Frankford Township School in Branchville, NJ and North Arlington Middle School in North Arlington, NJ. They all made Valentine cards for The Jay Fund to give to the cancer patients and their families. President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush even penned a note for the Jay Fund’s families!
For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and how to help #BeThere for kids battling cancer, visit TCJayFund.org.