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  • JDCH Special Needs Fair 2022

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Hosts Free Special Needs and Inclusion Fair at Signature Grand in Broward County

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will host a fun and informative day for the whole family at the annual Special Needs and Inclusion Fair on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm at Signature Grand in Davie. This event will once again be held in person, and while the kids participate in a variety of activities, attendees, such as parents, caregivers and healthcare providers may learn more about programs and resources from organizations throughout Broward County that cater to persons with special needs and disabilities.

    “Come out and learn about all of the important resources available for families with children with special needs. This year there will be an informative workshop session focused on navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” said Vanessa Nazario, chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Memorial Healthcare System.

    More than 30 agency booths filled with resource information are participating, including YMCA of South Florida, Family Network of Disabilities and Lighthouse of Broward. There will be special performances from the South Florida Cloggers and Exceptional Theater Company.

    The fair is free and open to the public, yet we highly encourage registration. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, giveaways, activities, entertainment and even a quiet area.

    Signature Grand is located at 6900 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33317. There is ample parking on property.

    For more information or to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter, contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at dei@mhs.net. Visit Special Needs Fair to register for this event.

  • Laura and Judd Zebersky in front of Joe D Peds ER Registration Area

    Broward-Based Philanthropists Making a Difference for Kids, Families at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

    There’s an old expression that ‘success is not measured in the amount of dollars you make, but rather in the amount of lives you impact.’

    Fort Lauderdale residents, Judd and Laura Zebersky, are an example of that, using personal and corporate philanthropy to improve the present and future for kids and families at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. The two, who lead the Sunrise-based toy company, Jazwares, have donated $2 million to the “Catch the Love” capital campaign to expand the pediatric facility, created a Lotsy Dotsy doll to honor the hospital’s resident clown and comfort patients in moments of uncertainty, and annually contribute a countless number of toys to provide hope and happiness to those hospitalized during the holiday season.

    “Laura and I firmly support the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital mission,” said Judd Zebersky. “Not only are they a top-notch pediatric facility, but they also provide quality medical care regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

    We wanted to expand our personal philanthropic giving to the hospital because putting a smile on children’s faces, especially when they are at the hospital, is at the heart of everything Laura and I do in business, family, and life.”

    The Zeberskys have been recognized for their impact at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with the naming of the Pediatric Emergency Department Registration Area and the Outpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit. Their generous donations have also benefited the Lotsy Dotsy Fund, providing additional resources for activities and supplies that are used to entertain children.

    “One of our greatest memories was making a very special toy for the hospital in honor of their most famous clown, Lotsy Dotsy. To see how the kids interact with the doll, and how it gives them the ability to feel just a little bit better, is so inspiring that it compelled us to want to do more,” said Laura Zebersky.

    The Zeberskys found the outlet for their giving through the children’s hospital foundation’s capital campaign. The fundraising effort will underwrite a substantial portion of the estimated $170 million cost to expand the children’s hospital from four floors to eight, a construction project expected to be completed later this year. In addition to a leading-edge Child Life Zone, the expanded Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will add state-of-the-art patient rooms, cardiac hybrid operating rooms, additional surgical and interventional radiology suites, intensive care and cardiac intensive care units, and an intraoperative MRI.

    “The contributions the Zeberskys and Jazwares have made to our efforts is a testament to their sincere desire to help children and families in difficult circumstances,” said Kevin Janser, president of the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundations. “Their impact is significant, both today and in the time to come, as South Florida will have one of the nation’s premier pediatric facilities to care for its kids.”

  • fist bumping baseball participants at miracle league

    "Let's Play Ball" Miracle League Baseball Returns for Opening Night, August 26

    After a hiatus that resulted from the COVID19 pandemic, the West Pembroke Pines Miracle League baseball season starts Friday, August 26, at 7 pm at Rose Price Park in West Pembroke Pines, 901 NW 208th Avenue.

    The Miracle League, supported by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, is made up of children with disabilities, and volunteer buddies and coaches. Everyone will take the field in a friendly game of baseball, while celebrating the start of the long-awaited season with a special opening ceremony.

    JDCH miracle league participants swinging bat at home plate

    The Miracle League provides many of these special needs children with their first chance at sportsmanship and teamwork. Since 2014, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has given the Miracle League full support to operate an official regular season that begins Friday night and concludes on November 4, with a World Series game. Volunteer buddies – students from Flanagan High School – will be with each Miracle player on the field, affording parents the experience to watch their kids play and enjoy the game.

    Caitlin Stella, CEO, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, will throw the first pitch. City of Pembroke Pines and community dignitaries will be present.

    Parents who wish to register their children with special needs to be a Miracle Player, please contact WestPinesMiracleLeague@gmail.com.

    Miracle Players, parents, volunteers, coaches, along with Miracle League founders Mario Salceda, Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Physician Group of Memorial Healthcare System, and Frank Marquez of BSN Sports will be in attendance.

    The event will take place at Rose Price Park, 901 NW 208th Avenue (Johnson Street & 208 Avenue).