Nate's Run For Smiles, a 5K race, was created in memory of Cornell student Nathaniel Rand, who tragically died in a swimming accident in the gorges in 2011. Nate was admired among his peers for his positive attitude and his ability to bring a smile to anyone's face. For this reason, the proceeds from the run benefit the Childrens' Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), where Nate used to volunteer and spread his positivity among the patients.
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore has been ranked in all 10 specialties in the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals throughout the country. The hospital serves the largely inner city population of the poorest urban county in the United States, Bronx County, NY. We believe that supporting the Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program in this setting is one of the most fitting tributes to Nate and his values.
The Child Life Program recognizes the unique emotional and developmental needs of children and their families throughout their healthcare experience. The role of the Child Life Program is to help children successfully cope with illness, injury and treatment so that they may continue to live normal lives during their healthcare experience. We all need hope. One way of not allowing devastation to reign over our loss is to provide hope, allay fears for the staff, the families and the children.
The fund will support the Nathaniel Rand Playroom Program at CHAM which will provide kids with age-appropriate activities that will include play therapy, art therapy, and music therapy, all run by trained professionals and volunteers.