Join us for the dedication of The Christie Simonetti Playdeck

Nearly 200 friends and family members will attend

October 26, 1999

Few children touched our hearts the way Christie Simonetti did during her brave struggle with leukemia earlier this decade. Her lasting impact on our community continues Wednesday, Oct. 27, with the dedication of The Christie Simonetti Playdeck, located at Children's Hospital at Strong.

Christie's fight to beat cancer was covered extensively by the local media. In a sense, she became a local celebrity. More importantly, she helped raise awareness of the need for bone-marrow donors.

Although Christie died in 1993, her legacy of cheerfulness and optimism will live on through The Christie Simonetti Playdeck, a partially enclosed, partially open-air deck on the hospital's fourth floor. The Playdeck will provide other children facing tough times a chance to be closer to the outdoors, a place to retreat and to set aside their worries, at least for a time.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, friends, family members, and donors will gather at The Christie Simonetti Playdeck to celebrate. A formal program - expected to last about 15 minutes - will start at 6:15 p.m.

Christie's parents, Dave and Lorrie Simonetti - who will attend with their three children - will speak, as will Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief, and Barb Asselin, M.D., a doctor who treated Christie and will share fond memories of her.

NOTE: This event is not open to the public.

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