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2009: Local Family Foundation Provides Nintendo Wii for Sick Children
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Local Family Foundation Provides Nintendo Wii for Sick Children

Dorothy's Family Fund, created by Wheaton native Tim Traver in honor of his mother, continues to raise money to support pediatric projects at Central DuPage Hospital

WINFIELD, Ill., January 13, 2009 — Honoring the life of their mother, Dan, Dave and Tim Traver have continued her legacy of love by organizing fundraisers for kids with cancer in her name. "Providing assistance for pediatric oncology patients and their families in the DuPage County area is important to us," said Tim, the youngest son and leader in the initiatives.

The projects are a labor of love. In August, the Travers held an inaugural bean bag tournament and in September the second annual two-mile run/walk held at Benedictine University.

All the hard work was worthwhile when Tim collected the funds raised and met with the Central DuPage Hospital Foundation to determine the most pressing needs for pediatric oncology patients.

"There are many ways funds can support patients and projects at Central DuPage Hospital," says Manager of Major and Planned Gifts, Kurt Wolbrink. "In the case of pediatric oncology patients, these children typically spend long periods of time in the hospital while receiving their individual treatments. Donations like this Nintendo Wii game system can make treatment and waiting time much less stressful for children."

CDH Child Life Specialist Trina Krischon is very grateful for the support.  "Tim and his family have been so wonderful to support our kids. This is just one of many programs Dorothy's Family Fund has sponsored in the last two years. People like the Travers bring gifts that help make our hospital even more comfortable for children."   

The Wii system is part of the new Fun Center, available for hospitals through the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, and features a Sharp AQUOS™ flat-screen television, a DVD player, a Wii system and a selection of family-friendly Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy™, Wii Sports™ and Mario Party® 8. The Fun Centers were created specifically to offer children an entertaining respite during difficult hospital stays.

Previous versions of the Fun Center owned by Central DuPage Hospital, most recently featuring Nintendo GameCube™ video game systems, earned praise from families, doctors and hospital staffers alike for their ability to brighten moods, boost morale and reduce feelings of isolation among ailing children. The new Fun Center offers an enhanced entertainment experience by incorporating the Wii console's distinctive motion-sensing controls and an array of popular games.

"Everyone who has spent time in a hospital knows how scary and lonely it can be," said Paula Van Ness, CEO of Starlight. "Our Fun Centers transform the hospital experience for children, bringing enjoyment and laughter to an otherwise daunting experience. And as an added benefit of this new Fun Center model, the Wii technology can be used to encourage children to do physical therapy and motor coordination exercises."

For more information about Fun Centers, visit www.starlight.org/funcenters. For more information on Dorothy's Family Fund, visit www.dorothysfamily.org.

About Starlight
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For 25 years, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. To learn more, visit www.starlight.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. The collaboration with Children's Memorial Hospital provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children's Memorial. All physicians in this program are independent practitioners on the medical staff at CDH. They are neither agent nor employees of Central DuPage Hospital.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care.  For more information visit www.cdh.org.

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