On Wednesday, February 10, retired Buccaneers Fullback Mike Alstott, wife Nicole and the Mike Alstott Family Foundation will host a “Stuff-N-Fluff” party for over 50 children currently admitted in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. In addition, patients not able to attend the party will be supplied with a stuffed animal making kit.
This marks the 8th annual party for Valentine’s Day. Alstott, along with his wife Nicole will be on hand to help the children select, stuff, and outfit a teddy bear or other animal of their choice in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The stuffed animals will also include a “rainbow star” (to wish upon) and a birth certificate. The children will also have the opportunity to decorate their own cookies, create Valentine’s Day cards, and participate in several other activities. Children are the sole focus of All Children’s Hospital and its new, million-square-foot St. Petersburg, FL campus devoted to pediatric specialty care.
The ten-story All Children’s Hospital and its adjacent Outpatient Care Center (dedicated in January 2010) replace an existing 42-year old facility just two blocks away. All Children’s Hospital is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. All Children’s is the only US hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metroplex to achieve that distinction. It is also the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast totally devoted to children’s care – a leader in pediatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems, All Children’s draws patients from throughout Florida, all 50 states and 36 foreign countries.
The mission of this private, not-for-profit hospital is rooted in its beginnings in 1926 as Florida’s first Crippled Children’s Hospital for polio victims. All Children’s understands that it’s not enough to treat disease — that true progress comes from teaching and research to cure disease. All Children’s shares its pediatric expertise through research & education affiliations with 70 different institutions including Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of South Florida (USF Health) as well as Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Mike Alstott Family Foundation was formed to allow the Alstotts to assist others in uplifting the minds, hearts and spirits of families and children on their way to realizing their full potential through various events, assistance programs, and celebrations.
This press release courtesy of the Mike Alstott Family Foundation
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Since our then 17 year old son spent eight straight months at the old All Children’s Hospital, where a fantastic staff of nurses and doctors saved his life, our family will always be grateful.
Fantastic. I miss him.
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