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We are Making a Difference Together

Connecticut Children’s Connection members help our physician-researchers unlock medical mysteries, not only for the patients and families in our community who depend on Connecticut Children’s, but also for grateful patients around the globe.


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Why We Connect for Our Children

Ava

Ava and Isabella were born seven weeks prematurely, with Ava weighing 3 pounds, 11 ounces, and Isabella weighing 3 pounds, 5 ounces. Upon their babies’ arrival, Nina and her husband were elated to learn that Isabella was fine. But, their elation quickly turned to despair when they learned Ava was having trouble. When the doctors were unable to insert a feeding tube, they learned that Ava had a life-threatening condition that required transport to a hospital with the expertise and specialists capable of fixing the problem—Connecticut Children's.

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Ava and Isabella have bright futures ahead

Ready for a Bright Future

Chloe was born at 32 weeks, weighing just three and a half pounds when she was delivered. She was fragile, so she was whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), but her story doesn't end there. Just before Chloe was to be discharged from the NICU, the doctor found she had a hernia that required surgery. The surgery was successful, but Chloe did not respond well to anesthesia and was having trouble breathing on her own. In the recovery room she coded multiple times. Again, she was whisked away, this time to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Happily, she recovered quickly and was able to go home with her parents two days later. Today, Chloe is happy and healthy.

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Chloe with her parents

An Aspiring Unicorn Whisperer

Ariella was born with a condition known as nemaline rod myopathy, a rare muscle disorder that, in its severest forms, can be life-threatening within the first few months of life. Ariella’s symptoms included muscle weakness, breathing difficulties and swallowing dysfunction. But it was her inability to gain weight as a baby that first brought her to Connecticut Children’s at four weeks of age. At 5 months of age, Ariella underwent a feeding tube surgery followed by a muscle biopsy; it was the muscle biopsy requested by Neurology that led to her diagnosis. What is miraculous to her parents, Rachel and Charles, is that their daughter survived a very dire prognosis as a baby and today is an active 9-year-old with a bright future, thanks to the specialized care she has received at Connecticut Children’s.

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Ariella with stuffed animals

Leukemia Didn't Stand a Chance

Six-year-old Gavin is a Leukemia survivor who is enjoying his first year in school. He took his last dose of chemo on September 30, 2019 at the age of 4 but over the 2 and half years of treatment Gavin spent over 70 nights in the hospital, was sedated 20 times for spinal taps and chemo in his spine, had more than 60 doses of chemo in his port, two bone marrow aspirations, two blood infections, numerous platelet and blood transfusion, and more than 500 doses of oral chemo. His parents and big brother Connor, couldn’t be more excited, thankful and grateful for the love and support provided to them at Connecticut Children's.

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Gavin with his parents
Dr. Bookland Lab Research

Did You Know?

Medical research is only funded by investors, seed money and charitable donations. By becoming a member of Connecticut Children’s Connection, you will help our physician-researchers unlock medical mysteries, not only for the patients and families in our community who depend on Connecticut Children’s, but also for grateful patients around the globe.

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Join the Membership Class of 2022

Welcoming members during our annual membership drive, May 1 - August 30, all members receive:

  • An invitation to our annual member reception with Connecticut Children's leadership and physicians

  • Access to member-only social and networking opportunities

  • Monthly "Ask the Experts" webinars and insider access e-mails

  • Connecticut Children's Connection swag

  • Recognition on Connecticut Children’s Connection webpage

  • Additional opportunities are provided based on your level of commitment.

$1,500 Couple / $1,000 Individual

  • Insider opportunity to hear from promising researchers and direct how research funds are invested at annual member-only funding selection event
  • Invitation to VIP reception with Connecticut Children's leadership and physicians
  • Invitation to Visionary/Ambassador-only "Experience the Mission" events like private tours, talks and roundtables with physicians and patient families
  • Opportunity to tour Connecticut Children’s with a guest
  • Additional benefits listed above

$500

  • Invitation to Visionary/Ambassador-only "Experience the Mission" events like private tours, talks and roundtables with physicians and patient families
  • Opportunity to tour Connecticut Children’s with a guest
  • Additional benefits listed above

$250

  • Access to monthly "Ask the Experts" webinars and insider access e-mails
  • Additional benefits listed above

2021 - 22 Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Joe Labieniec
Head of Professional Liability at CapSpecialty;
Member Board of Finance, Town of Southington

Margaret Lallier
Marketing and Social Media, AllWaste, Inc.

2021 - 22 Committee Members

Nell Acosta
Annual Recruitment Event Chair
VP, Digital Acquisition & Relationships, Webster Bank

Natalie Bezler, MD
Membership Co-Chair
Physician, Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Pauline Bevans
Executive Diabetes Care Specialist, Novo Nordisk

Nina Camarata
Volunteer and Experience the Mission Events Tri-Chair
Grateful Parent, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
Account Manager, Aetna

Jordan Coe
Volunteer and Experience the Mission Events Tri-Chair
Grateful Parent, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
President/Owner, Waverly Markets, LLC (d.b.a. ShopRite)

Caitlin Collazo
Community Volunteer

Chris Collazo
Global Solution Consulting Leader, Service Now

Alana Cosgrove Matulaniec
Community Volunteer

Katherine Cressey
Marketing, Communications and Education Committee
Educator/former ELA teacher and team lead, Hartford Public Schools

Lindsay David
Membership Co-Chair
Grateful Parent, Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Porter Dowling
CIS Underwriter, Chubb

Marcus Ferguson
Director & Senior Counsel, Government Affairs, The Hartford

Lianne Gabriele
Marketing, Communications and Education Co-Chair
Grateful Parent, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
Marketing Director, Assa Abloy

Greg Hammond
CEO, Financial Coach, Hammond Iles Wealth Advisors

Benjamin Jensen
Annual Funding Selection Event Tri-Chair
Partner, Robinson & Cole, LLC

Brian Keena
Annual Funding Selection Event Subcommittee
Managing Director, Construction, Energy and Marine, Travelers

Robert Nims
Marketing, Communications and Education Co-Chair
Program Leader, Cigna; Co-Founder, Power through Powder;
Executive Director/Co-Founder, Dollar Giving

2021 Membership Class

Aggie Cahill
Alan Kersey
Alan Mattamana
Alicia Wise
Alison Auciello
Alison Kersey
Alysson Ravosa
Amanda Petruzielo
Andrew Charron
Angela Kenny
Anthony Ravosa
Ben Jensen
Bobby Nims
Bonnie Rose Sullivan
Bree Pelczar
Brian Keena
Bryce Hardy
Caitlin Collazo
Caitlin Gadecki
Chris Collazo
Chris Dibble
Daniel Mara
David Rock
Debora Volansky
Diana Johnson
Dianna Pategas
Don Zimmerman
Edward Volansky

Eileen Danaher
Eileen Schwartz
Eleni Rock
Eric Bevans
Eric Bezler
Greg Hammond
Jaime Smith
Jake Kocienda
Jennifer Czerwinski
Jodi Fenton
Joe Labieniec
Jordan Coe
Jordan Johnson
Joyce Lagnese
Judith Glass
Karen Hammond
Kate Cressey
Kathleen McNamara
Kelechi Ndu
Kerri Hardy
Kristina Rozek
Lesley Mara
Lianne Gabriele
Lila Zimmerman
Lindsay David
Lindsay Paganini
Lindsay Ryan
Lori Sych

Marcus Ferguson
Margaret Lallier
Martin Kenny
Maureen Gillis
Melissa Labieniec
Michael Devanney
Muniba Masood
Natalie Bezler
Neil Cornelius Danaher
Neil David
Nell Acosta
Nina Camarata
Patricia Marealle Ndu
Pauline Bevans
Peter Gabriele
Peter Martin
Porter Dowling
Rebecca Phillips
Richard Sych
Robert Canzanella
Russ Lallier
Scott Smith
Shelley Cetel
Summer Sivetz
Thomas Lyons
Timoteo Acosta
Timothy Bezler
Tom Matulaniec
Tracy Fastenberg