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 original toy closet has doors decorated with original commissioned artwork by award-winning author/illustrator Judith Casely.

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 Bennett Cancer Center and Stamford Hospital's main campus, Bennett Medical Center, named in their honor.


David's Treasure Tree Toy Closet has now been changed to:

David's Treasure Chest Toy Closet

 

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David’s Treasure Chest Tree toy closet is located in the newly opened Steve and Alexandra Cohen's Children's Pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital and offers new, age-appropriate gifts and opened in the summer of 2017. Any child admitted to the hospital receives a free gift. The ‘treasures’ from the toy chest 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 Chest", honors David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the age of 15. 

The doors to the toy closet first opened in November 2003 when it was first 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 Bennett Medical Center Campus.

“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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To make a donation to David’s Treasure Tree Toy Closet,
please contact, Belinda Foster, Director of Development at Stamford Hospital
in Stamford, CT at (203) 276-5995.