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Starlight Children’s Foundation And Niagara Cares Unveil New Pediatric Playroom At Grady Burn Center

Press Release – ATLANTA, Georgia (June 16, 2017) – Today, Starlight Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized children, with Niagara Cares, the philanthropic division of Niagara Bottling Company, unveil a newly renovated playroom for pediatric patients and their families at Grady Burn Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. The new Starlight Site will help young burn victims and their loved ones escape the isolation of patient rooms and offer much more than a place to play.

The $100,000 grant awarded to the Grady Health Foundation by Niagara Cares and Starlight Children’s Foundation supported the building and development of the Starlight Site at Grady Burn Center. The unique new space offers a happy and relaxing place for patients, friends and family to connect, learn and visit while undergoing treatment. The pediatric playroom is equipped with children’s furniture, toys, books, games and more.

“We are pleased to unveil this new, state-of-the-art Starlight Site playroom, and we hope it offers kids and families at Grady a fun and comforting escape from the stress of an otherwise traumatic experience,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Niagara Cares is an incredible partner in helping us bring smiles to seriously ill or injured children in communities across the nation where Niagara employees live and work, such as right here in Atlanta.”

“We were proud to partner with Starlight Children’s Foundation and Niagara Cares to create this special playroom for our young burn victims and their families. This newly renovated space will give children facing difficult times a place to relax and feel at ease,” said Renay Blumenthal, President of the Grady Health Foundation.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation as we continue to improve lives of children in hospitals where our team members work and live,” said Kristen Venick, Director of Niagara Cares. “Together we hope to not only put smiles on the faces of young patients but also help with their treatment and coping techniques. We also take pride in the opportunity to involve team members of Niagara Bottling so that they can make an impact in the lives of children and families in need.”

The Starlight Site at Grady is funded as part of a generous $500,000 grant from Niagara Cares to awarded to Starlight in 2015 to support the creation or renovation of Starlight Sites in select locations where Niagara also has bottling operations. In addition to the playroom at Grady, the Sites include an outdoor playground at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif., a mobile washing station at Camp Korey in Seattle and an activity center at University Children’s Health in San Antonio, Texas.


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