Giving Back

Heather (in red) and Jim McCormack (center) along with members of their board pictured during a recent visit to Cohen Children’s, with Charles Schleien, MD, (fourth from left), Rubin Cooper, MD, (second from right) and Russell Schiff, MD, (far left).

Carleigh McCormack Memorial Fund Helps Purchase Advanced Cardiology Equipment

The Carleigh McCormack Memorial Fund, created by Heather and Jim McCormack in memory of their daughter, Carleigh, has raised more than $2 million over the past 16 years for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Their significant funding has helped purchase the most advanced technology for the Carleigh McCormack Imaging Center as well as portable echocardiogram machines used in Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s satellite locations. The Fetal Echo Cardiogram Program has grown because of the availability of this important equipment for expectant mothers during the first trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, the lives of thousands of children with heart disease and abnormalities of the heart have been saved by this lifesaving technology.

Ready, Set, Shop and Grow

Healthy lifestyle habits established in childhood set the stage for a lifetime of good health. In keeping with Cohen Children’s commitment to ensuring the health of the 1.8 million children who live in our service areas, the children’s hospital was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the General Mills Foundation to help improve youth nutrition and physical activity behaviors. The program, called Ready, Set, Shop and Grow (RSSG), will be implemented in the third and fourth grades at Drexel Avenue Elementary School in Westbury, New York. The goal is to increase students’ awareness and understanding of how proper nutrition and healthful food choices, along with routine daily physical activity, improve and maintain overall good health.

North Shore-LIJ Walk for Health

This past May, over 5,000 people hit the Jones Beach Boardwalk for the North Shore-LIJ Walk for Health. The event raised a record-setting $322,000 in support of lifesaving, pediatric care provided at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, as well as programmatic and educational services provided for women at The Katz Institute for Women’s Health.

More than 200 registered teams, comprised of members of the community and North Shore-LIJ employees, rallied to celebrate health and wellness and show their pride in the health system. This 5K festival-themed event was filled with music, interactive health-related booths and kids’ activities. Attendees also had an opportunity to discover ways to take charge of their health and learn about the great work taking place at Cohen Children’s, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and throughout North Shore-LIJ.

As one walker stated, “The Walk for Health is meaningful to me and my family. My children have been involved in this event every year since they were born.” 

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