TOP RIGHT: Chrismarlie, 13 mos., Haiti life saving surgery.
BELOW LEFT: Greeting Liridona at JFK Airport.
BELOW RIGHT: Priscilla and Margarite Almeida.
Worldwide Children's Foundation of New York humbly thanks all the donors, surgeons, physicians, hospitals, medical professionals, families, staff, board of directors, volunteers, advisors and everyone who made it possible for the 12 years of helping children who had life-saving and life-altering surgeries from WWCF of New York.
A big thank you to Ronald McDonald House on 73rd street in New York City, who provided housing and love to many of our children and their mothers, as a place who cared about them and helped them with their daily needs and provided tremendous loving support.
The past surgeries for the WWCF of New York children created a halo effect. From the families, to their towns or villages and to the circle of individuals who assisted, and to the children who have grown into young adults. Many families arrived in New York City frightened, but thankful someone heard their resounding cry for help, to provide the medical care needed for their child.
We pass the torch to other caring organizations who continue the same mission of Worldwide Children's Foundation of New York.
TOP: Greeting Dolores at JFK Airport.
BELOW LEFT: Rebeca receives Cochlear Implant.
BELOW RIGHT: Greeting Sharif at JFK Airport.
Throughout the world, children die needlessly every day because they do not have access to the necessary medical care, expertise or facilities to save their lives. Worldwide Children's Foundation of New York was dedicated to providing this desperately needed medical care for disadvantaged children, regardless of country, race, gender or religious belief.
We identified children in need and partnered with hospitals and health care professionals in the New York area to provide crucial medical care. We coordinated the direct care, travel and housing arrangements necessary to accommodate the young patient and a parent or guardian. Housing was often provided by a host family chosen to match the language and culture of the child, which made the diversity of New York City an ideal location for WWCF. In addition, Ronald McDonald House became a lifeline for short-term housing needed for many of our families. We assisted each child and family through the entire medical process and arranged for the aftercare upon the child’s return home.
Worldwide Children’s Foundation of New York was a non-profit 501(c) 3 and represented a team of heroes dedicated to saving the lives of children, one child at a time.
THE TEAM OF HEROES
The following individuals participated and supported Worldwide Children's Foundation during the 12 year history, from 2005 to 2017.
*denotes those who were part of the team for 10+ years.
ABOVE: Liridona leaving hospital after surgery, NYC
BELOW: Chrismarlie, Haiti, one year after her successful surgery
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alexander Conti, Chairman
James J Nemec, Chairman Emeritus
Lawrence Bodenstein M.D., Ph.D.,
James Cavello*, President
Margarite Almeida*, Vice President
Jay B. Goldberg, CPA Treasurer
MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Richard C.E. Anderson, MD
Michael J. Colin, MD
David Feldman, MD
J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD
Andrew A. Jacono, MD
Richard N. Schlussel, MD
Samuel Weinstein, MD
Tam St. Armand
John L. Attanasio
Scott M. Bloom
Lawrence K. Bogar
Daniel E. Clement, Esq.
Edward F. Cowle*
Rex F. Duval
Sara Herbert Galloway
Rev. Francis J. Gasparik, OFM Cap.
Amy Holzman, Esq.
Steve Shinder, CPA
Carolyn Spector, J.D., LL.M.
Special thanks to our supporters, host families and hospitals:
William Sullivan, Former President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House, NYC
Shelley S. Friedman, Esq.
Henry Buhl Foundation
The Charles Evans Foundation
Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
Family of Dr. Joseph Desrosiers, Austin, TX
Maria-Jose Fajardo, NYC
Liria Gjidija, NYC
J.R. Heffelfinger, NYC
The Lanzet Family, NYC
Ana Vigo, NYC
David A. Austin, songwriter, singer of WWCF original song, "One Child at a Time"
The hosting and care for many WWCF families was made possible by:
Ronald McDonald House New York // https://www.rmh-newyork.org/
Please support their incredible mission.
STORIES OF HOPE*