Public Vote Can Help Support a Bereavement Camp at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York has a unique opportunity to receive a grant from Bioheat® Fuel, which is asking New York residents to vote for the charity they feel best helps those in need by going to If it is chosen to receive funds through the public voting process, Cohen Children’s will earmark the award to its Center for Healing Opportunity Perseverance and Enlightenment, also known as the Center for HOPE, which delivers innovative bereavement programs for children and families. The Center’s mission is to nurture children’s natural capacity to heal after a loss by providing a safe haven, innovative educational programs, and skilled counseling that support the grieving and recovery processes.

Specifically, funding from Bioheat would be used to re-establish Camp HOPE, the Center’s free weekend-long bereavement camp, which had previously been suspended due to budgetary constraints. This grant would enable the camp to re-launch for a weekend in September 2013 and bring together 25 children ages 7-13 for fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support. “This unique camp experience resonates with children, offering campers the opportunity to establish friendships within a compassionate and caring community,” said Susan Thomas, MSW, the Center’s bereavement coordinator and director.

A grant from Bioheat would allow Camp HOPE to remain free of charge to all children and cover all related expenses, including  bus transportation, campsite rental fees, staffing expenses, activity materials, and food and beverage for campers.

Bioheat established its NYC Bioheat Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup campaign to thank New York City for its recent mandate requiring all heating oil contain B2 Bioheat® Fuel, which is renewable and burns more cleanly. The campaign also serves to give back to the New York community following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Superstorm Sandy has impacted the financial stability of many families, including those in need of the services provided by the Center for HOPE.

Voting runs through February 17.  Voters may make multiple entries for their favorite charity, but only once per day, so please support Cohen Children’s by going

About North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
The North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s mission is to serve the best interest of the community at-large and the Health System by providing the inspiration, opportunity and meaningful direction for donors, patients and leaders to link their vision, dreams and philanthropic support with our most worthy causes from the underserved and uninsured to the latest frontiers in medical technology and research.

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About Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of the 5 boroughs of NYC and Long Island, has consistently been recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation. In the 2011 survey, U.S. News and World Report rated CCMC among the top 50 in all 10 of their surveyed pediatric specialty areas—cancer, cardiology, and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Established nearly 30 years ago, we have continually evolved to keep pace with a growing pediatric population. Among the most immediate programmatic areas of focus is our pediatric cardiovascular service. Our vision is to harness the latest innovations and technology in pediatric cardiology as part of our expansion. Our plans include building a pediatric exclusive catheterization and electrophysiology lab, services for adolescents as they transition to adulthood with congenital heart anomalies, research and new ambulatory space. For more information, visit

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