Kids at University Hospital to get Mobile Entertainment System and Mini Laptops for Fun and Homework

September 18, 2015

Northwestern Mutual donates STARLIGHT FUN CENTER MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT UNIT to University Hospital

BACKGROUND: As part of the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program, Northwestern Mutual-San Antonio has generously funded a new Starlight® Fun Center® mobile entertainment system and mini laptops to improve the life and health of pediatric patients at University Hospital in San Antonio. Starlight Fun Center units offer family-friendly video games and online access to provide kids and families with distraction, fun and a sense of normalcy. Units roll bedside so even patients with limited mobility can play or watch movies – by themselves or with family and friends. The laptops will enable kids to stay up-to-date on their homework while they are in the hospital for treatment.

WHO: Mark Webb, Chief Executive Officer for Pediatrics; Michelle Ryerson, RN, Senior Vice President, Pediatric Clinical Services; and Fernando Suarez, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual-San Antonio

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

WHERE: University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive. Meet at the Information Desk

WHY: Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under 19 years of age, and children receiving treatment for cancer spend many days, months and even years in the hospital. Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program in 2012 to accelerate the search for cures for childhood cancers and to provide support to families battling the disease.