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Grateful Dad Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Good Sam’s Child Life Program

Smithtown resident Ryan Cavanagh showed his gratitude for the exceptional care given to his 3-year-old daughter, Riley, by presenting a $2,300 donation to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation in September. This special gift will benefit Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program.  Riley was hospitalized at Good Sam after being bitten by a dog.

Every year Mr. Cavanagh, an elementary school teacher, hosts a tennis fundraiser for needy families at the Westhampton beach club, LaRonde, where he also works part-time as a tennis instructor. Proceeds from this year’s event will fund additional toys and supplies for the child life playroom in the pediatric unit at Good Samaritan. The playroom is a safe haven where children, guided by child life specialists, engage in a variety of therapeutic activities which help them better cope with a hospital experience.

“My family and I felt loved and cared for by every member of the staff during my daughter’s five day stay,” said Mr. Cavanagh. “The child life specialists left a lasting impact on our lives. We plan to dedicate future tennis fundraisers to Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program.”