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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

Holiday Event Round Up:
Downstate's Renal Kids Share Holiday Fun

Downstate's Pediatrics Department wants to give a big "thank you" to The Starlight Foundation and Mecca Syria Temple No. 27, who together helped children in Downstate's Pediatric Renal Program celebrate the holidays.


Both Starlight, a national foundation that seeks to improve the life and health of children, and Mecca Syria, a local Shrine organization located at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Clermont Avenue, are long-time supporters of Downstate and its programs for children with renal disease.

"Downstate has a large population of pediatric patients with kidney disease," explains Lisa Smith, director of child life & parenting education. Many of them face lifelong challenges, she says, and the opportunity to have fun in a supportive environment "is especially welcome for our patients and their families."

"We strive to be a premier fraternal organization whose primary objective is having fun and helping kids," adds Mecca Syria Potentate Noble Preston Bellemy. "Working with Downstate has become one of our traditions."


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