Stony Brook Kidney Center
26 Research Way, East Setauket, NY 11733
Health Fair and Mini Olympic Games Event
Location & Address
DCI at 26 Research Way, East Setauket, NY 11733
A community health fair/informational event was hosted on the back lawn of the Stony Brook Kidney Center-DCI property. There was a registration table providing information about the event and general information about kidney disease and dialysis. Donate for Life provided 50 packets of informational materials, which were provided to the community. Staff was on hand to answer questions. A series of carnival-type games, including bean bag tosses, hula hoop competition, and toss-across games were available. Soccer, volleyball, and badminton were also available on a rolling basis. Members of the DCI staff volunteered to participate in a dunk tank. Health screening for blood pressure and color blindness were available, as were additional materials regarding dialysis specific procedures. Food was provided by Tropical Smoothie Café. Music was provided by Al Garvin, DJ. On Friday the New York Blood Center hosted a blood drive in a mobile van at the event. Senator Flanagan attended and toured the event and facility. : Overall, the event was well received by its participants. Several members of the community with kidney disease, or with family members at risk for kidney disease attended and were introduced to staff that were able to assist them with questions and forming a network of support. Patients reported that the event was a welcome break from the daily routine of dialysis and helped them to see the staff and dialysis center as a less negative place. Several patients reported getting to know their fellow patients or family members of those patients better and strengthening their support group within the clinic. The New York Blood Center obtained 18 pints of blood and 10 additional donors who will return to a separate donation center at a later date, as they were ineligible on the 15th. There was a sense of camaraderie amongst the volunteers of the event and it is the belief of the Kidney Klassics planning committee that despite low attendance, the event was a success, as it promoted understanding that patients with kidney disease are able to participate in a variety of events with the general community, encouraged connections and unity amongst patients, and provided the unit with a way to give back to the patients.
Date & Time
July 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For More Information
John Branca 631-444-0540
Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate.
* Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.
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