Hackensack University Medical Center held a dedication ceremony of The Robinson Cano Physical and Occupational Therapy Suite, located on the first floor of the DON IMUS – WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children, a part of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Yankees All-Star Second Baseman Robinson Cano, ambassador to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital since 2008, was on hand for the ceremony, as well as to greet and sign autographs for pediatric patients.
Yankees All-Star Second Baseman Robinson Cano, ambassador to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital since 2008, paid a visit to Hackensack University Medical Center to greet and sign autographs for pediatric patients, and attend a ceremony in his honor as The Robinson Cano Physical and Occupational Therapy Suite was dedicated. The suite is located on the first floor of the DON IMUS – WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children.
“As a champion, leader, team player, and inspiration to others, Robinson Cano is the type of role model patients who utilize this therapy suite need,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Everyone knows one of the things Robinson does best is hit home runs – especially at this year’s derby – but best of all is how he hits them off the field, too.”
The dedication is a result of a commitment between the Robinson Cano Foundation and the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, who will work together to plan a future fundraiser benefitting the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
“We are so grateful for Robinson Cano’s ambassadorship and so excited for the potential that will come with partnering with the Robinson Cano Foundation,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, physician-in-chief and chairman of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. “The kind of positive impact this has on not only our pediatric patients, but their families as well, is truly invaluable.”
Cano first paid a visit to Hackensack University Medical Center in 2005, during his rookie season. It was then that he caught the eye of a young cancer patient whom he befriended. Yankees Community Advisor Ray Negron, who escorted Cano that day, was so inspired by the interaction between Cano and the patient that it led to the start of Negron’s children’s book series. In his initial book, The Boy of Steel, it describes Cano making an appearance in a children’s hospital, offering goodwill to the youngsters. Negron’s best selling books, published by HarperCollins, have been transformed into an animated movie titled “Henry & Me”, which will be in theatres in April 2012.
“Robinson Cano personifies philanthropy – his unwavering commitment to the kids is one of a kind,” said David Jurist, co-president of the Tomorrows Children’s Fund, member of Hackensack University Medical Center’s Advisory Board of Directors, former longtime member of Hackensack University Medical Center’s Board of Governors. Mr. Jurist was instrumental in connecting the medical center with Robinson Cano and the Robinson Cano Foundation, and what made the special event possible.
“I’m so pleased and honored to be here today,” said Cano. “And I’m excited about what the future holds for the relationship between my foundation and the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.”
After the dedication ceremony, Cano stayed to sign copies of Ray Negron’s book, “One Last Time: Good-bye to Yankee Stadium” for the myriad pediatric patients and their families in attendance. He also signed hats, balls, and took photos with everyone, always with a smile on his face. Following his departure from The Robinson Cano Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Suite, he made his way to the Boscamp Solarium on the fifth floor of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, where he had the opportunity to greet, sign autographs and pose for pictures with various other patients and their family members who weren’t well enough to make it to the ceremony. As the children said goodbye to head back to their rooms, each one did so with a smile on his or her face.