“Cowboy Hoedown” Event Brings Smiles to Pediatric Cancer Patients in NYC

RMHCJuly 20, 2012 | Nearly 100 pediatric cancer patients, their families and volunteers gathered together for an evening of play at the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 5th annual summer event held at the Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

The “Cowboy Hoedown” themed party helped bring smiles to the faces of the young children, who donned sherriff’s badges, cowboy hats and bandanas; played farm-themed board games; ate a nutritious dinner provided by Fairway Market; and enjoyed a special arts and crafts project lead by mosaic pop artist Michael Albert. The evening was capped off with a toy giveaway, ensuring that every child left with a handful of new toys – and a smile.  [View photos from the evening]

“With the help of our generous donors, we were able to create a special party for these deserving children and their families, giving them a ‘night off’ from their stress, anxiety and fears,” said Marisa Medina, manager at TIF.

Events like this are made possible by the generous donations of toy companies; to learn how to contribute to TIF’s Toy Bank, which benefits children who are sick, in foster care, living on U.S. military bases, and more, visit www.ToyIndustryFoundation.org

Donations for this year’s RMH event were provided by Blue Orange Games, DK Publishing, Family Pastimes, Funrise, Inc., Hasbro, Private Island Party, Reeves International, and RoomMates (Division of York Wallcoverings).