Henrietta Family Has Special Reason to Join Stroll for Strong Kids

May 07, 2002

Robin Hoffman didn't expect major trouble during her pregnancy, but when she went into labor and delivered twins three months early, she was relieved to learn that the type of highly specialized care she needed was right here in Rochester.

Her children, Emily and Zachary, were cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. "We were so thrilled to learn that we had a NICU here in town," Hoffman, of West Henrietta, says. "Considering what a stressful time it was for us, they made us feel so at ease. They truly not only take care of the patient, but of the family."

For the third consecutive year, the Hoffman family plans to take part in the annual Stroll for Strong Kids, a two-mile walk through scenic Genesee Valley Park. Proceeds from the event benefit Golisano Children's Hospital. Before the Stroll, which happens each June, participants are asked to collect pledges from friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors - anybody with an interest in improving the lives of children.

"We actually walk in the Stroll with two other families," Hoffman says. "Our babies were in the NICU at the same time. When you're there for so long, you become friends with a lot of people."

Hoffman encourages people to consider participating in the Stroll and supporting the only hospital in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions dedicated solely to the care of children. "The work they do in the NICU amazes me," she says. "I give them a lot of credit, because I'm not sure I could do it. Please consider taking part in the Stroll, because we need to do everything we can to keep something wonderful like this here."

The Stroll for Strong Kids is at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Genesee Valley Park. Children's activities will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by the Stroll and a free lunch from Outback Steakhouse. Gary the Happy Pirate will provide music. Prizes will be awarded to the top fund-raisers in each age group. Last year, 800 people took part, raising more than $80,000 for Golisano Children's Hospital. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 585-273-5948.

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