Andrew Goldstein spent a lot of time with his son Collin at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital while he underwent treatment, and he knows first-hand that the power of generosity from others can lighten a difficult experience.
“Being in the hospital was never a good thing, but St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, particularly the Child Life department, would always go out of their way to make it less bad, and strove to bring about some sunshine and happiness.” Collin always looked forward to going to the playroom or attend a lobby event where he met Tampa Bay Lighting and Buccaneer players. But Andrew’s fondest memories surround Collin’s love of Star Wars, where they would battle it out playing Trivial Pursuit.
In memory of his son, Andrew created an online fundraiser to purchase gift cards for meals, gas, or hotel stays to help ease the financial stress that accompanies hospital stays. “Having spent birthdays and holidays in the hospital, we could always look forward to the generosity of others,” says Andrew. “For that, I will always be grateful. It’s the reason I wanted to give back.”
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