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Kidney transplant

“Maria Fareri Saved Her Life”

Adobe Stock / hywards The first kidney transplant patient at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is doing great, thanks to her skilled medical team — and her dad. In 2002, Valerie Portelle was born with...
cystic fibrosis

New Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

5-year-old Evie LaBrecque and her family find a supportive community at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. When her older daughter, Zoey, was born with cystic fibrosis seven years ago, a Google search led Denise LaBrecque...

A Mother Gets Relief and Resolution After Son’s Long-Running Battle With Seizures

While other mothers joyously watched their babies achieve milestones, Toni Ann Schmitt of East Hampton, NY, searched for a medical team to help her son, Matthew. When he was a toddler, Matthew began experiencing...

A High School Athlete With MIS-C Gets a Clean Bill of Health, Thanks to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

In February 2021, Walter Oestreicher’s life took a drastic turn as the 16-year-old from Westchester County shifted his focus from high school academics and athletics to surviving MIS-C — a rare but serious condition...
expert care for children

Expert Care for Children and Families – Closer to Home

The beds in the Pediatric Emergency Room at MidHudson Regional Hospital are kid-friendly, just like the colorful mural below. WMCHealth offers expanding pediatric services and specialized expertise to children and families across the Hudson...
covid-19 research

At the Forefront of COVID-19 Research

Adobe Stock / sdecoret Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, has joined forces with other hospitals around the country and the world to investigate the effects of COVID on kids. The Mystery...
signs of struggle

Signs of Struggle

Even as progress is made vanquishing the COVID-19 pandemic, many kids are still battling anxiety and depression. Learn the signs that your child may be struggling and how to help. By Deborah Skolnik Many...
gershman family

Focus on Philanthropy: Q&A With the Gershman Family

For the Gershmans, philanthropy is a family tradition. From left: Josh, Alisa, Seth and Charlie. When Charlie Gershman of Briarcliff Manor developed seizures at age 12, his parents, Seth and Alisa, took him to...

Focus on Philanthropy: Q&A With Donor Ben Katzenstein

Ben Katzenstein (center) is the fourth-generation leader of his family’s ice cream flavoring ingredients company, Star Kay White Inc. With him are his sons Alex (left), the father of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital patient...
preventive care

Preventive Health Screenings, Tests and Immunizations

We continue to encourage everyone to catch up on routine medical care that may have been delayed during the pandemic. Renewing a commitment to keep up with health screenings, tests and immunizations is a...