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RUMC pediatric cancer patients receive blanks, arts and crafts as part of ‘Subaru Loves to Care’ program

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Pediatric patients at the Center for Cancer Care at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) received blanks and arts-and-crafts kits this week, courtesy of Subaru of America and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The donation of more than 100 blanks and 10 arts-and-crafts kits was part of the “Subaru Loves to Care” program, which has delivered more than 230,000 blanks and 31,000 arts-and-crafts kits to pediatric patients across the country since 2015 , when the program began, according to a RUMC announcement.

“On behalf of the patients and their families, I would like to thank both Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for their generosity,” said Daniel J. Messina, president and chief executive officer of the West Brighton hospital. “Anything that can help patients while they recover or undergo treatment has a greater impact than words can say.”

The arts-and-crafts kits contain paints, modeling clay, crayons and markers. The kits and blanks will be distributed to cancer patients treated at the Center for Cancer Care throughout the year, the hospital said in a news release.

Subaru representatives John Espinoza and Tom Cicatello, along with Gabriella Cowlan, campaign development manager at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, presented the gifts on Wednesday.

RUMC’s Center for Cancer Care opened in 2018, providing a variety of medically proven cancer treatments and therapies.

The hospital’s oncology program is in its 84th year of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, making it the longest consecutively accredited cancer program on Staten Island, the announcement said.

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