Sebastian Ferrero Foundation's Holiday Toy Initiative Brings Holiday Cheer to Over 150 Kids Including Pediatric Patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital on Christmas Day

Dec 26, 2013, 16:00 ET from Sebastian Ferrero Foundation

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sebastian Ferrero Foundation's holiday toy initiative helped grant holiday wishes for over 150 local children by partnering with the local Children's Advocacy Center in support of the organizations "Help for the Holidays" program and UF Health's Child Life Program who delivered gifts to pediatric patients in the hospital on Christmas Day.

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"We are honored to help bring holiday cheer to the children who need it most this time of year, particularly those in the children's hospital on Christmas," said Lesley Cox, Executive Director, Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. "We were proud to partner with the Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville and UF Health Shands Children's Hospital Child Life Program. Both organizations work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for children and their families."  

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation founders Horst and Luisa Ferrero and Executive Director Lesley Cox were joined by Foundation Board Members Dr. Scott Rivkees, Chairman of Pediatrics at UF Health, Randy Harmatz, Chief Quality Officer of the Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at UF Health, Gil Levy and Eric Godet to drop-off the toys and family gifts to the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville followed by a visit to the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital's Child Program who delivered gifts to the children in the hospital on Christmas Day.

About Sebastian Ferrero Foundation:

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation was created by Horst and Luisa Ferrero in November 2007 to honor and endure the memory of their happy and healthy three-year-old son, Sebastian, who died in October 2007 as a result of a series of preventable medical errors in Gainesville, Florida. The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is to advocate and fundraise for a state-of-the-art, full service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida while promoting excellence in patient safety and insuring that all families are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity.  For more, visit

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