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Elizabeth Seton cherishes children

From left beginning in the back row: Pat Tursi; Ann Cacase; Karin Kulsar; Shannon O’Neill Gallagher; Tim Cacase; Franco D’Alessandro; Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center resident Stephanie; and Raffaele Ronca.

The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its fourth annual Cherish the Child Luncheon on May 3 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville. More than 150 guests attended the event that supported Home to Home, the center’s parent and sibling transportation program.

“The concept of ‘home’ is integral to our care model,” said Barbara Rossi, director of institutional advancement. 

During the program, parent and pediatric center board member Rachel Amar shared how the Pediatric Center has been her son’s home for the last 12 years and that she fears what will happen when Max “ages out” of the Pediatric Center when he turns 21 and must move on to a geriatric nursing home.

Pat Tursi, Elizabeth Seton’s CEO, spoke after about her plan to address this crisis through the Pediatric Center’s next endeavor: the nation’s first residential program for medically complex young adults ages 21 to 35. 

Event co-chairs were Shannon O’Neill Gallagher and Franco D’Alessandro.

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