A DASHING DIAPER SUCCESS - Northeast Doulas’ “No Child Wet Behind” Event Delivers Thousands of Diapers for Westchester Families in Need
The event presented by Northeast Doulas and Hudson Valley Hospital Center included a 10k, 5k, and one-mile fun run followed by a celebration with entertainment and activities for the whole family. More than 300 supporters participated in the fun-filled festivities, and thousands of diapers were collected to kick off the Westchester Coalition’s new Diaper Coalition program.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” said Randy Patterson, co-owner of NED. “A day of fun with families to celebrate this important milestone for us and supporting the babies in our community who need it most, it just doesn’t get any better than that.”
One in three American moms struggles with diaper need. The impact on little ones in Westchester and across the nation includes increased disease risk—diaper rash, staph infections, hepatitis—because families don’t have enough diapers they might only change the baby’s diaper once a day, or rinse and reuse it; and increased child abuse, like shaken baby syndrome, because babies cry more when wearing dirty diapers.
Race awards were presented for the top finishers, and each child who participated in the fun run received a special commemorative ribbon. Top times included: Overall 10K: 1st Chris Jankowski of Plesantville 44:01.8 2nd Kristen Herde of Croton On Hudson 45:39.1 3rd Mabel Cabrera-Falcon of Yorktown Heights 45:56.8 Overall 5K: 1st Matthew Sayre of Garrison 20:05.1 2nd Fredrick A Lent Jr of Yonkers 20:28.1 3rd Simon Aaslander of Croton 21:16.8 A full list of participants’ finishing times can be found at http://www.coolrunning.com/results/13/ny/Jun1_NoChil_set1.shtml and on the Northeast Doulas Facebook Page.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center served as the event’s Title Sponsor. Other Sponsors included Shades of Green, Spirelli Electric Inc., Newholme Financial Services Inc., A.S.A.P Mortgage, Cantarello Catering & Personal Chef Service, CryoCell International, Gymboree, Law Office of Andrew Falk, Mount Kisco Child Care Center, Dr. Sean M. Rooney, Val Ben’s Heritage Market and Westchester Adventure Boot Camp For Women.
Additional generous support was provided by Big Joe’s Tattoos, Blooming Nails, Graceland Tattoo, Irrelevant Elephant, Mohegan Diner, Little Sprout Day Care, Party Stop, Party Time Rentals and Sweet Amanda Leigh.
Northeast Doulas, LLC has been providing professional doula services to families in Greenwich, Westchester and New York City for more than 10 years. Northeast Doulas owners Debbie Aglietti, Randy Patterson and Lauren Schwarzfeld have a deep understanding of all things associated with pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. With a combined 30 years of experience NED has assisted more than 1,500 couples on the path to parenthood. NED has an amazing staff of trained, experienced and certified labor doulas, postpartum doulas and pregnancy consultants that make clientele their number one priority at a moments notice. The group provides judgment-free educational, physical and emotional support. NED has offices in Cortlandt Manor, NY and Greenwich CT. Call 914-736-7700 or visit www.northeastdoulas.com.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.
Westchester Coalition for Hungry & Homeless, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving as an advocacy and fundraising arm for its more than 150 member shelters and food pantries in Westchester County, New York. Additionally, WCHH provides funding and technical assistance to shelters and pantries throughout the county. Individuals and families seeking assistance or those wishing to make a tax-free donation, should visit WCHH's Web site www.westchestercoalition.org.