David's Treasure Tree

The doors to the toy closet depict many of david kanarek's favorite things

A Legacy of Joy

Every child hospitalized in the pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital receives a developmentally appropriate toy from "David's Treasure Tree," a toy closet created in honor of David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the ago of 15. The toy closet has doors decorated with original commissioned artwork by award-winning author/illustrator Judith Casely.

David would be especially proud of this type of remembrance because of the smiles it brings to other children’s faces.
— Robin Bennett Kanarek

The doors of the toy closet first opened in November, 2003, when it was dedicated by David's parents, Robin and Joseph Kanarek, and his sister Sarah. Robin Bennett Kanarek worked as a diabetes nurse educator at Stamford Hospital prior to moving to London after her son's death. She is the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, leading Stamford Hospital benefactors, with both the cancer center and Stamford Hospital's main campus named in their honor.


David's Treasure Tree Toy Closet


Make A Donation

If you would like to make a donation to David's Treasure Tree toy closet, please email Belinda Foster or call at (203) 276-5995.

David’s Treasure Tree toy closet is in the pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital and offers new, age-appropriate gifts. Any child admitted to the hospital receives a free gift. The ‘treasures’ from the toy closet are made possible through gifts of toys and monetary donations from local organizations, businesses, and the community. Donations, new toys, and gifts are welcome throughout the year.

“David’s Treasure Tree,” honors David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the age of 15. The toy closet has doors decorated with original commissioned artwork by award-winning author/illustrator Judith Casely.

The doors to the toy closet first opened in November 2003 when it was dedicated by David’s parents, Robin and Joseph Kanarek, and his sister Sarah. Robin Bennett Kanarek worked as a diabetes nurse educator at Stamford Hospital prior to moving to London after her son’s death. She is the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, leading Stamford Hospital benefactors, with both the Bennett Cancer Center and Stamford Hospital’s main campus named in their honor.

“David would be especially proud of this remembrance because of the smiles it brings to children’s faces,” says Mrs. Kanarek. “Our hope is that when children select a toy from the Treasure Tree, they will enjoy a momentary escape from the hospital experience. We know firsthand what that meant to David, and want other children and their families to be able to experience it too.”


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