Wanda's Fund for Kids

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Richard Nass, M.D.

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Being a sick kid in the hospital is difficult and can be traumatic.  You can bring joy into the lives of these children and those who love them by donating to Wanda’s Fund for Kids. Your generous contribution, regardless of size, goes directly to the Child Life programs at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Child Life provides children with many vital services, and Wanda’s Fund helps make many of those services possible.

Right now Wanda’s Fund for Kids is providing support for the following programs:

Therapeutic Play/Expressive Arts in the activity room and at individual bedsides

  • Toys for children in isolation
  • Toys and games for inpatient and outpatient playrooms
  • DVDs and video games for bedside, Emergency Department, and clinical areas
  • Arts and crafts materials

Coping Kits and Prize Bins

  • Coping kits and refills for 10 treatment rooms, Emergency Department, and clinical areas
  • Prize bins and refills for 10 clinical areas

Medical Play

  • Medical play corners with dolls and toy doctor kits
  • Teddy Bear Clinics  
  • Medical education materials including teaching dolls and digital media

Children in the hospital or visiting any of its offices, as well as their families, have access to these games and prize carts.

In 2017 Wanda’s Fund would like to help fund these programs:

  • Kid’s craft party – @ $100 each
  • Kindle Fire® fully loaded with movies, books, and music – 6 units @ $500 each
  • Hospital-grade security stands for Kindles® and iPads® – 5 units @ $1,000 each
  • Go-Pro Hero5 camera, battery, memory card, tripod -  2 units @ $500 each
  • Crayola® Color Alive augmented reality coloring packs – 40 units @ $6 each
  • Apps for distraction, creative arts, and movies - $750 annually

Why Wanda’s Fund for Kids

On June 1, 2015, my beloved wife, Wanda, passed away from a non-smokers’ type of lung cancer.  Wanda cared deeply about everyone, but she had a special commitment to children. As a pediatric nurse, first in oncology, and later in surgery, she was a fearless advocate, protector, and cheerleader for her young patients.

In order to commemorate Wanda’s life and continue her life’s work, my daughter Jessie and I started this campaign and have pledged to raise $300,000 over the next three years to finance it. We hope you will help us fulfill this pledge by making a donation in memory of Wanda.

In recognition of our pledge, NYU Langone named the playroom at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Wanda’s honor.

If you’d like more information:

  • If you would like to speak with someone at the NYU Langone Development Office directly, please call Ms. Hillary Griffin at 212-404-3668
  • If you have any questions for me, please call 646-902-1370


Richard Nass, M.D.


This campaign supports: NSG Therapeutic Recreation


In memory of Andrea Daniele
The CUNY SPS Nursing Family makes this donation in memory of Andre Daniele, beloved husband of our dear colleague: Pat Bartley-Daniele. May he continue to inspire the light in the world!
In memory of a dear friend, Andrea Daniele. Amico dei giorni lieti e spensierati ed e' cosi' che ti ricordero'. Addio il mio caro amico con l'anima e il cuore tanto gentile. Ciao Andrea!
In memory of a dear friend, Andrea Daniele.
Andre was a wonderful family man and a fantastic Nono. It was a blessing to know him.
Our deepest condoleneces.
May Andrea Daniele's kind, gentle nature be remembered.
Pat many thanks to you and Andre for standing as Godparents to my sons Joe and Matthew. My son Joe will always cherish the love that Andre shared with him swimming in the beautiful ocean in the south of Bari Italy. Condolences to Giuseppe, Vincenzo& V
In memory of a very good man,wonderful father & husband. Prayers & thoughts for Pat, Peter, Cathy & Annie.
From Pat & the Daniele family, in memory of Andrea Daniele
We still miss Wanda at work and remember all the fun times we had in MIUU!
Wanda was the best. I will never forget her grace, kindness, and compassion.
Wanda's beautiful spirit lives on in our lives and our hearts today. Love from Brooklyn
Dr Nass is a wonderful director and I am touched by this effort to honor and keep his wife's memory alive and am happy to contribute to such a worthy cause
In the spirit of Mother's Day, thinking of a very special lady who was a nurturer to so many.
Miss Wanda all the time and love you all! Hope this helps towards the purchase of the telepresence robot!
Thank you 🙏
Thank you, Dr. Nass and Jessie, for establishing this wonderful cause this honors Wanda and continues her lifeâ'TMs work.
Dr. Nass, I am making this donation in memory of your wife Wanda and the wonderful work she did with Children. What a wonderful way for you and your daughter to carry on her memory. Claudia
Sending all our love. All the best, Talar & Roberto
Missing Wanda all the time and an proud to keep her happy, infectious, positive spirit alive!
Missing Wanda - forever in my heart. <3
Dr. Nass, we are so happy to support such a noble cause. Thank you for all you do! Peter & Angela
Providing joy to children gives us immense pleasure. Easing pain and suffering is of vital essence to the path of recovery. What a wonderful cause!
Dr. Nass: Thank you for all your help to me and my Family over the years!! Wishing you and your Family, Happy Holidays and a glorious New Year
We miss her always and work isnâ'TMt the same without her, but I know she would be very proud of all the fundraising efforts and all thatâ'TMs been done for the kids at NYU.
Dr. Nass, Happy to contribute, it sounds like you're doing a lot of great work! I hope you are doing well. -Barry, Jen (and now, Jay).
Always with you, Doc.
Dr. Nass, Thank you for all that you have done on my behalf. Here is a small token to return the favor. Cheers and best wishes to you and your family for a warm holiday season. Carl
I am honored to make an additional contribution in memory of this very special person.
Thinking of Wanda especially during this holiday season as she embodied the true spirit of giving.
Noble cause
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful nurse.
What a wonderful way to honor an amazing woman.
We know playing is important to development of children. It has to be a lifeline for children with cancer. What a wonderful tribute!
So sorry for your loss Dr. Nass. May your beloved wife rest in eternal peace and may you and your daughter, Jessie, find strength and comfort in your memories and in each other.
We will never forget Wanda and her wonderful smile!
A wonderful way to celebrate the true essence of a wonderful and caring person.
Dr. Nass, this looks like a fantastic program and I'm happy to help both in memory of Wanda and in support of the children who will benefit from these activities. I sincerely hope you reach your goal! Scott Richter
In loving memory of an angel on earth.
Although I unfortunately only knew Wanda for a short period of time, she always had a warm smile on her face and something nice to say.
We love, miss, and remember Wanda and her happy energetic spirit everyday.
It is such an honor to give something in Wanda's memory and for such important work.
A wonderful way to impart comfort to children who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. We are all for the cause.
In honor of Wanda's many worthy efforts on behalf of children.
Wanda was genuine, so wonderful to be around and her generosity truly came from her heart. She was simply happy and loved life. I am happy to contribute to this great fund and keep her amazing memory alive! Love and miss her!
Dear Richard, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Had I known, I would have been in touch with you much sooner. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ira
Diane and I are delighted to support this wonderful tribute to an amazing humanitarian, Wanda Ortiz
Very sorry for your loss.
Dearest Richard and Jessie... no words...but deepest condolences....The entire Dressner family...

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