Light One Little Candle Foundation Expands Book Program to Middlesex Hospital


Middlesex Hospital to provide free children's books to adults undergoing treatment through its Cancer Center.

November 12, 2006

MIDDLETOWN, CT. -- The Light One Little Candle Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes reading for parents and caregivers with cancer as a way to connect with their children, is teaming up with Middlesex Hospital this fall.

"We are pleased to bring Middlesex into our growing family of hospitals and cancer organizations and we look forward to helping more caregivers and children in Connecticut bond through books," said Lee Rosenberg, executive director and president of the Foundation.

Cancer is a family affair, explained Janis Leird, patient resource librarian at the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are looking to make the experience better for each other. That is why Middlesex Hospital wholeheartedly supports the philosophy of the Light One Little Candle program, connecting loved ones through the power of books, she said.

Our goal is to give all families facing a diagnosis of cancer, the opportunity to choose a new book, free of charge, through the Light One Little Candle Program at Middlesex Hospital. Books will be available at all sites where patients are treated for cancer. We hope community groups, schools and businesses will be inspired to support this ongoing program with donations of new children's books. It is anticipated that at least a thousand books will be distributed annually, Leird said.

Patients are encouraged to write notes about the story or the experience of reading together on a special Light One Little Candle bookplate already pasted into the book, creating a keepsake for their children to turn to again and again. Children's classics, including Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things Are and Madeline,as well as numerous other stories, are available in both English and Spanish.

Middlesex will officially kick-off the program on November 18th.



About Middlesex Hospital

Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, CT.) is a not-for-profit, patient-focused health network where state-of-the-art technology is combined with an uncommon level of personal concern for patients and families. For more than 100 years, its resources have been focused entirely on the health needs and priorities of the residents of the communities in Greater Middlesex County. Middlesex Hospital cultivates an environment of excellence, and maintains high levels of patient satisfaction based on the quantity and quality of caregiver time at the patient bedside. Middlesex Hospital operates more than 30 inpatient, outpatient, primary care and emergency facilities throughout Greater Middlesex County. It has more than 300 active physicians on its medical staff, representing every major specialty.

For more information on Middlesex Hospital, please go to www.middlesexhospital.org



About Light One Little Candle

The Light One Little Candle Foundation was created by Dr. Joelle Pauporte, a young mother and psychiatrist dying of breast cancer. During the course of her illness, she discovered that no matter how sick, exhausted or overwhelmed she felt, she and her daughter could find comfort sitting together and reading. In partnership with hospitals and cancer care centers, Light One Little Candle provides new children's books to those patients undergoing treatment. Additionally, the books come with special LOLC bookplates for patients to write notes and memories that their children will treasure.

Including the new Middlesex program, there are six Light One Little Candle Book Programs distributing 50 to 5,200 books a month per facility. The program is currently available at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, MidState Medical center in Meriden, CT, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, Cancer Care in NY, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.


For more information or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.lightonelittlecandle.org, or contact:

Lee Rosenberg
Light One Little Candle
(516) 767-8787 lee@lightonelittlecandle.org