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Metro Health Hospital Officially Opens Toys “R”Us Children’s Fund – Starlight Site

Wyoming, Michigan, November 26, 2007 – On November 28, Metro Health Hospital will unveil a new Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund-Starlight Site, a state-of-the-art playroom created in partnership with the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. The unveiling is part of a $7 million, multi-year donation made by the Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund to Starlight Starbright for the construction and renovation of kids’ playrooms in hospitals across the country.

"Toys "R" Us and the Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund are committed to improving the quality of life for children," said Kathleen Waugh, chairman of Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund, Inc. "Through these playrooms, we hope to bring much-needed joy and play time to pediatric patients at Metro Health Hospital."

The specially designed Starlight Site will serve as a relaxing and carefree space for the hospital’s pediatric patients. Playroom amenities include a flat screen TV with DVD/VCR player, stereo CD player, Nintendo GameCube system, computer system with flat-screen monitor, wall-mounted interactive games, and new toys purchased with a $1,000 gift card from Toys "R" Us at its 3445 28th Street store in Grand Rapids.

The site will be dedicated at 1 p.m. in the playroom located in the Alticor Pediatric Unit on Level 6 of Metro Health Hospital. Pediatric patients and their families will be in attendance. Additional attendees at the dedication will include Toys "R" Us mascot Geoffrey and local Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us representatives, representatives from the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and hospital administrators.

"We are thrilled that the new Metro Health Hospital was selected to receive a Toys ‘R’ Us Children’s Fund Starlight Site," said Laura Staskiewicz, chief development officer. "Hospitals can be an intimidating place for children, especially those whose illnesses require them to stay for an extended period. Our new playroom will help alleviate some of the worry of being sick by letting kids spend time just being kids."

In Support of a Growing Trend

The Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund-Starlight Starbright partnership is an example of a movement in hospital care as hospitals are addressing patients’ needs by teaming up with the private sector. In addition, the playroom program addresses the nationwide hospital trend of looking at a patient’s environment as an important factor in the healing process.

"For children confined to a hospital, the opportunity to have fun in a well-equipped, inviting atmosphere assists in the healing process," said Jane Van Stedum, vice president of program services for Starlight Starbright. "While play experiences are valuable in their own right, they also provide children an opportunity to express their feelings, release stress and learn new skills. Our partnership with Toys "R" Us allows us to enhance the quality of our site program and bring countless hours of therapeutic fun to the children who need it most."

About Starbright Children’s Foundation

When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For nearly 25 years, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight’s programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of 32 offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. To learn more visit


About Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund, Inc.

Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund, Inc. has donated millions of dollars each year to organizations and charities that help children and infants in need. Because children are the heart and soul of our business, the "R" Us family has a strong sense of responsibility to do whatever we can to make the lives of children happier and healthier. Funds raised through the Toys "R" Us Children’s Fund are used to support numerous worthwhile organizations, including the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, National Lekotek Center, and Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), among many others.


About Metro Health Hospital Foundation

The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to inspiring philanthropy to improve the health and well being of our community. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health Hospital allows individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings, improve overall patient care and fund a wide variety of programs and services. For more information, visit


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