Join Families across the Region September 18 for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day

Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day will support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

VALHALLA, N.Y. (August 31, 2022) – Families from across the region are expected to attend Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s 18th Annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day September 18 for a day of fun-filled activities to support pediatric care in the Hudson Valley.

Families are welcome to attend the free event featuring activities including face painting, crafts, carnival games, music, character appearances, food and more!  The day’s activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with the one-mile walk around the Westchester Medical Center campus stepping off at 11 a.m.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital  and its advanced pediatric services care for more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children each year. The popular event is Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s largest annual fundraiser and draws thousands of former patients, families, staff, and supportive community members from around the region.

Four former patients who are ambassadors for the children’s hospital will lead the Go the Distance Walk: Derek, 7, of Nanuet, Chloe, 14, of Dobbs Ferry, Trevor, 8, of Stormville and Taylor, 9, of Stamford. To read their stories, learn more about event activities, how to sponsor a walk team or create your own, visit WMCBig5Races.com/Walk-Details.

WMCHealth’s Big 5: Races for Runners of All Levels will Support WMCHealth Hospitals

VALHALLA, N.Y. (August 19, 2022) — Get your heart rate going and support healthcare as you race, jog, or walk around and about WMCHealth’s Valhalla campus September 18. The Big 5, Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s fall active fundraiser supports a range of medical services while supplying the perfect opportunity to get fit and have fun.

The Healing Half Marathon, The Kyle Goldberg 10K, The Evan Lieberman 5K and the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day will all be held Sunday, September 18, starting on the WMCHealth campus at 100 Woods Road in Valhalla. There is also the option to combine races and sign up for two races at a discounted price.

Here is a description of the races and the services they support:

Healing Half Marathon

A moderately challenging run with friends, a team, or solo for 13.1 miles on and around Westchester Medical Center’s campus before turning onto the paved North County Trail in collaboration with Westchester County Parks. The course includes campus, road, and paved bike trail. This event offers several opportunities for a training run with friends or solo for those planning to run the New York City Marathon.

The race supports the construction of a Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center, which would bring together trauma care services in one five-story facility and allow the hospital space to convert to private rooms with all the modern amenities and technology.

Start: 8 a.m.
Registration: $50

Kyle Goldberg 10K

A moderately challenging run with friends, a team, or solo for 10K on and around Westchester Medical Center’s campus turning onto the paved North County Trail in collaboration with Westchester County Parks.

The race supports The Kyle Goldberg Turning Point Program and Behavioral Health Initiatives to address substance abuse.

Start: 8:15 a.m.
Registration: $40

Evan Lieberman 5K

A short jaunt around Westchester Medical Center’s campus. The course includes campus roads only. The race supports the Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center and trauma programs at Westchester Medical Center.

Start: 8:30 a.m.
Registration: $35

Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day

Join supportive community members, former patients and their families, doctors, nurses, and other hospital workforce members in support of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. A casual, one-mile walk followed by family activities and entertainment.

Start: 11:30 a.m.
Registration: $0

Pick Two Challenge

Pick two races for a discounted $50 registration fee.

To learn more about the Big 5 and how to support WMCHealth, visit WMCBig5Races.com


About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

WMCHealth’s Gala 2022 to Honor Community Champions & Present Lifetime Achievement to Children’s Hospital Physician-in-Chief

Proceeds from the evening at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts June 4 to Support New Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center

VALHALLA, N.Y. (May 27, 2022) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) 2022 Gala to be held at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah June 4th will salute 10 local organizations for their support of the Network during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, WMCHealth will recognize Michael Gewitz, MD, Executive Director, and William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for his decades-long accomplishments in pediatric cardiology and in children’s healthcare in general.

Community Champions Honored

From developing protective face shields during the tense and uncertain early days of the pandemic, to recruiting and organizing volunteers for WMCHealth’s New York State vaccination efforts, and supplying meals to WMCHealth workforce members, WMCHealth’s Community Champions – Chesed 24/7, Great Performances, Ladle of Love, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc., O Mandarin, Scarsdale Chinese Association, Tracer Imaging LLC, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Volunteer New York!, and Westchester County Youth Bureau –will be recognized as representatives of the hundreds of organizations that collaborated with WMCHealth during the pandemic.

Recognizing a Champion for Children’s Health and Wellness

WMCHealth will also honor a physician whose contributions to pediatrics and to the growth and development of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital over the past 39 years are noteworthy.

The Network will present Dr. Michael Gewitz with the John F. Heimerdinger Lifetime of Service Award.  A pediatric cardiologist that has cared for hundreds of children, Dr. Gewitz has been Executive Director and Physician-in-Chief for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital since the hospital first opened in 2004. Dr. Gewitz was instrumental in the development of advanced pediatric services at Westchester Medical Center, and the planning, construction, and expansion of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, as well as the current expansion of pediatric services at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Supporting a Critical Project

All donations stemming from Gala 2022 will benefit the Campaign for the new Critical Care Tower at Westchester Medical Center. The proposed five-story tower will have 96 private, intensive care unit-capable beds that will enable Westchester Medical Center to care for more critically ill patients and provide surge capacity flexibility. For information on registration for the event, sponsorships opportunities and a complete list of sponsors, visit the WMCHealth 2022 Gala page.

Corporate sponsors of this year’s event include Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Compass One Healthcare; Garfunkel Wild, P.C.; Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP; Martin, Clearwater & Bell, LLP; New York Medical College; The Premier Collection; ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; TD Bank; Tompkins Mahopac Bank; Unitex Textile Rental Services; Vigorito, Barker, Patterson; Nichols & Porter, LLP; Vizient, Inc.; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.


About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I, Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.


Gala 2022 WMCHealth Community Champions

Chesed 24/7 — Spring Valley’s Chesed 24/7 supplies extensive and innovative services to the sick, the elderly, the developmentally disabled, and any individual or family facing a life challenge. A partner with WMCHealth, Chesed 24/7 provided “Shabbos Boxes” with food for patients, as well as meals during the pandemic. Among its many services are senior outreach, hospital shuttles, meals, and a milk bank.

Great Performances — A progressive hospitality and catering company founded as a server staffing agency with the goal of offering a flexible source of income for women in the arts, Great Performances not only prepares delicious, healthful foods using sustainable ingredients from its organic farm, but works to combat food insecurity. During the COVID-19 pandemic Great Performances along with The Sylvia Center raised more than $600,000 to fund a meal program to provide fresh and healthy meals to healthcare workers including those at WMCHealth, only one of its many philanthropic endeavors including feeding the homebound elderly.

Ladle of Love — Founded in 2003 as the first consciously sourced take-out food shop in Westchester specializing in small batch production, Ladle of Love has spread its healthful eating and food repurposing philosophy through work with community partners across the Hudson Valley. More than a catering company, Ladle of Love, which runs the food service at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Mount Kisco, has donated thousands of hours to provide education on healthful eating and to combat food insecurity. It also donated thousands of meals during the COVID-19 pandemic to WMCHealth and others.

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. — A longtime healthcare partner of WMCHealth, the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Inc. runs eight federally-qualified health centers including satellites in Mount Vernon, Yonkers and Greenburgh and a mobile health van. It acts as a healthcare home to thousands of residents and families in lower-Westchester County and the Bronx, providing a range of services from primary, dental, behavioral, and supportive services including COVID-19. MVNHC served on WMCHealth’s Health Equity Task Force to help ensure all residents had access to information, education, and resources related to its COVID-19 vaccination efforts as coordinator for the Hudson Valley Region Hub of New York State’s Regional Vaccine Network.

O’Mandarin — Serving authentic, award-winning Chinese cuisine in Hartsdale, O’Mandarin  stepped forward to assist those less fortunate during the COVID-19 pandemic, including donating meals to local hospitals and community organizations including WMCHealth and providing masks and protective gear early on in the pandemic.

Scarsdale Chinese Association — The Scarsdale Chinese Association (SCA) is a non-profit, non-political organization, committed to serving the community of Scarsdale by promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage, and by enhancing the cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The organization helped WMCHealth by providing protective gear during the pandemic as well as other resources.

Tracer Imaging LLC — Tracer Imaging LLC, founded in 2004 with headquarters in Ossining at the former Brooklyn Botanical Gardens research center, is now a leading provider of consumer photoproducts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracer produced and donated tens of thousands of face shields to Westchester based hospitals including WMCHealth, medical offices, and police departments.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam — Through its 2-1-1 helpline, which serves thousands in the Hudson Valley and beyond, The United Way of Westchester and Putnam aided WMCHealth by being a key source for vaccination and COVID-19 information, supplying communication to the public and feedback to WMCHealth. The United Way helps residents become self-sufficient and thrive through grants, education, and community partnerships.

Volunteer New York! — The organization is a one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester County and the surrounding communities. Between January 12, 2021, and June 30, 2021, Volunteer New York! mobilized mass vaccination site volunteers for a total of 30,587 hours served. Last year they inspired over 35,000 people to volunteer approximately 399,000 hours at a value of over $12.7 million to our community. 

Westchester County Youth Bureau — Working to promote positive youth development and encourage healthy lifestyles, the youth bureau supplies financial support, monitors and supports nonprofit agencies and organizations that provide programs and services to youth. It funds more than 115 programs annually through nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and government agencies, and served on WMCHealth’s Health Equity Task Force to help educate communities on vaccination and COVID-19.

Expanding to Care for More Babies: DeCicco & Sons Accepting Donations to Support Expansion of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

VALHALLA, N.Y. (May 4, 2022) – Now through May 17 DeCicco & Sons stores are accepting donations from the public to support the expansion of the Isaac and Naomi Kaplan Family Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

The RNICU at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is a vital resource for families as it cares for the most acutely ill newborns, including extreme low-birth-weight babies as well as full-term babies with congenital disorders and rare diseases. The RNICU is the only center of its kind based in New York’s Hudson Valley region and as such, more than 700 critical-care cases are transferred or admitted to the RNICU annually.

Demand for advanced neonatal services at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital continues to grow and the expansion will add eight neonatal care areas to the RNICU, bringing its licensed bed count to 57. The expansion is a critical need that will enable the RNICU to care for more babies while maximizing safety, operational efficiency, and family comfort.

“The RNICU is the only resource providing this level of advanced neonatal care in the Hudson Valley. DeCiccos & Sons is widely known for its support of charitable organizations in the

community, and WMCHealth is fortunate to be among them,” said Michael Gewitz, MD, the William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

DeCicco’s & Sons started as a tiny storefront in the Bronx in 1973 and today has 10 store locations in Westchester and Putnam Counties. It has become the food market of choice for those with a love for food and cooking. Each year, the DeCicco family puts thousands of dollars back into the community through charities and local groups.

Those interested in supporting the campaign for an expanded and enhanced RNICU at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital can do so by visiting Give.WMCHealth.org/NICU40

or contacting the Westchester Medical Center Foundation at 914.493.2575 or foundation@wmchealth.org.


About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow our network on Facebook and Instagram.

About DeCicco & Sons

Started in 1973 by John, Joe, and Frank DeCicco in a tiny storefront in the Bronx, DeCicco’s grew slowly but surely into the thriving business we know today. With a lot of hard work, superior customer service and a constant presence of the best food options available on the market; DeCicco’s built itself a well-cemented reputation of being the food market of choice for those who have a serious love for food and cooking.

Westchester Medical Center Health Network Named Official Hospital Partner of the Hudson Valley Renegades

Partnership Brings Together Two Premier Hudson Valley Brands to Collaborate on a Robust Lineup of Community-Driven Initiatives Aimed At Improving Health and Wellness for Residents

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (March 16, 2021) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today a major partnership making WMCHealth the inaugural Official Hospital Partner of the Renegades.

“Our organizations are cornerstone brands of the Hudson Valley and touchstones for life events for residents of the communities we serve,” said Michael Israel, President and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “As a network, we are deeply committed to ensuring the health and wellness of those in our local communities, and being able to partner with the Renegades presents a tremendous opportunity for us to advance that mission through new initiatives and programs.”

At the heart of the partnership is a comprehensive community program that will have a lasting impact on Hudson Valley residents. Among the highlights of the community programs will be annual events promoting both partners’ dedication to the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

WMCHealth, which employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians, will become the title sponsor of the Renegades Community Program, and the presenting sponsor of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), a yearly organization-wide charitable initiative started by the Yankees in 2009. They also become title sponsor of We Care Wednesdays, a weekly promotion throughout the season aimed to integrate the non-profit community within Dutchess Stadium.

 “The Renegades are elated to welcome WMCHealth into the Renegades family!” said Steve Gliner, President and General Manager of the Renegades. “It was clear to us from the start that WMCHealth exemplifies many of the same community-focused values we hold true to our organization, and the synergy that exists between our two organizations will make for a very successful partnership.”

The Renegades will also help to give back to the Foundations of WMCHealth with the new Runs for a Cause program. Each run scored at home during the season aims to encourage crowd-sourced fundraising efforts for the various subdivisions of WMCHealth’s network of services, including but not limited to, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth and the only acute care children’s hospital in the region.


About the Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades are in their second season as the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. They have played their home games at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. since 1994. The Renegades open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8 at the Greenville Drive with a nine-game road trip before returning home for the hope opener at The Dutch on Tuesday, April 19 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19 at https://www.milb.com/hudson-valley/tickets/single-game-tickets, by phone at (845) 838-0094 or at the ticket office at The Dutch.

About Diamond Baseball Holdings

Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) is a subsidiary of Endeavor, the global sports and entertainment company. DBH was formed in 2021 to support, promote, and enhance Minor League Baseball through professional management, best practices, innovation and investment. (DiamondBaseballHoldings.com).

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2, and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

Girls’ Night Out Fashion and Beauty Event Brings Awareness to Women’s Heart Health


Important Fundraiser Supports WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute

VALHALLA, NY (February 11, 2022) – Girls’ Night Out, a fashion and beauty event that brings awareness to women’s heart health while supporting care provided by WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute, will be held in-person March 3 at Sonesta White Plains Downtown in White Plains, NY.

The annual event, emceed this year by Emmy-award-winning, WCBS-TV news anchor Mary Calvi, is an opportunity for colleagues and friends to network, shop, dance and enjoy fine food and drink, while learning the benefits of good heart health.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in the United States, causing one-third of all female deaths annually. With the proper lifestyle and treatment, however, 80 percent of heart ailments and strokes are preventable, according to the American Heart Association.

Many of these life-changing and lifesaving heart treatments are offered by the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) Heart & Vascular Institute, and Girls’ Night Out also serves as a fundraiser for this important service. WMCHealth’s Heart & Vascular Institute offers the Hudson Valley’s most comprehensive cardiac care program, offering a wide range of cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery services to women, men and patients of all ages.

An Evening to Remember
Girls’ Night Out will begin with a cocktail hour during which guests can shop a variety of vendors, and secure beauty tips during live demonstrations in the Bloomingdale’s White Plains beauty suite. Raffle prizes and a silent auction will be available, too.

Following the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy dinner while watching the event’s highlight: a pre-recorded fashion show sponsored by Macy’s at Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers.  The fashion show will feature patients, healthcare providers and their dramatic stories of triumph over cardiac disease.

Event Inspiration

Girls Night Out was inspired by Tanya Dutta, MD, to support the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute.  Dr. Dutta was Director of Echocardiography at Westchester Medical Center before her passing last year.

How Do I Get Tickets?

For tickets and other information, please visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GNO22. Red attire is encouraged and for the health and safety of our guests, Girls’ Night Out will be held in compliance with New York State regulations, which currently require proof of vaccination for all those attending.

Girl’s Night Out corporate sponsors include Boston Children’s Health Physicians; Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP; Martin, Clearwater & Bell LLP Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.; New York Medical College; The Premier Collection; ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; TD Bank; Tompkins Mahopac Bank; Unitex Textile Rental Services; Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter LLP;  Vizient and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

Event sponsors include Bloomingdale’s White Plains; Cross County Center; Macy’s and Navy E. Djonovic.

About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services.  Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network


The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

After Successful Neurosurgery, Local Boy, 6, Appointed Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Ambassador

VALHALLA, N.Y. (June 28, 2021) — Six-year-old Derek Blau of Nanuet was recently cheered on by friends, family and community members during a special ceremony where representatives from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital appointed him as a hospital ambassador for the 17th Annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day. Derek was presented with an official sash designating him as an ambassador for the walk scheduled for Sunday, September 12. The annual fundraiser for the Hudson Valley’s children’s hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), regularly draws thousands of participants.

Derek was diagnosed with a chiari malformation, a structural skull defect that pushes a portion of the brain into the spinal column. The condition can result in pain, muscle weakness, breathing problems and other symptoms. Neurosurgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital helped relieve Derek of his symptoms, and now he is eager to support the hospital as a Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassador.

As one of the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassadors, Derek will help represent the more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital annually. Those seeking to support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and its advanced care mission by participating in the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day should call 914.493.2575 or visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GTD21.


About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services.  Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network


The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

Stem Cell Transplant Patient, 7, Named Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Ambassador

VALHALLA, N.Y. (August 2021) — Seven year-old Camryn Kellam who is doing well after undergoing a stem cell transplant during the height of the pandemic last year has been named an ambassador for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Go the Distance Walk.

The Fishkill girl was recently cheered on by family and representatives from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital during a special ceremony where she was presented with an official sash designating her as a hospital ambassador for the 17th Annual Go the Distance Walk. The annual fundraiser for the Hudson Valley’s children’s hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), usually draws thousands of participants, but this year for the safety of all it will be conducted virtually. Families and organizations eager to participate are encouraged to walk a one-mile course of their choosing between now and November 7.

Camryn was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease three weeks after birth. In March of 2020, she was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease, which is a narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. Complications from the two conditions necessitated a stem cell transplant and her oldest sister was her life-changing donor.  As one of the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day ambassadors, Camryn will help represent the more than 30,000 seriously ill and injured children cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital annually.

Those who wish to create a team and support the advanced care mission of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital should call 914.493.2575 or visit Give.WMCHealth.org/GTD21 for team-building and fundraising instructions.


About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut.Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services.  Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/MFCH or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network


The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.