By teaching special-needs children and their families how to play, Lekotek provides the children with a foundation for success later in life and helps them to develop positive relationships with family members and peers. Lekotek lends appropriate toys to participants for home use, and also provides older children with access to specially adapted computers that encourage them to play and learn.
The support of the Connelly Foundation will enable Lekotek to provide a School-Year Compuplay Camp that will provide more computer time and socialization opportunities for the children. Moreover, this gift will support Lekotek sessions at local community sites and in the homes of medically fragile children, and help Lekotek to create a scholarship fund to enroll low-income families who cannot afford the program's modest costs.
The Connelly Foundation, located in West Conshohocken, has been a longtime supporter of Lekotek's ingenious programming.
The William M. Fuller Foundation
Mr. French is a patient of Todd Albert, MD, of Jefferson's Department of Orthopaedic surgery and founder of the Rothman Institute. Mr. French has contributed to the Institute to express his appreciation of the care provided by Dr. Rothman and his staff.
The Rotko Family Foundation
The Foundation was established in 1982 by Bernard Rotko, MD, JMC'35, who died in 1989. Through the years, the Rotko family has generously supported the Dr. and Bernard B. Rotko Scholarship and other resources at Jefferson. Dr. Rotko's widow, Bessie, and their daughter Judith Rotko Shipon, who are trustees of the Foundation, are long-time friends of Jefferson. David Shipon, MD, JMC'96, Mrs. Shipon's son, has completed his residency in internal medicine at Jefferson.
The Gilbert Memorial Trust
This gift will enable Dr. DeHoratius to investigate how a novel drug therapy recently developed for treatment of renal lupus works. The drug may also show promise for patients who have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) without renal involvement. Dr. DeHoratius hopes to gain a greater understanding of SLE to help patients with this disease enjoy an improved quality of life.
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