Child Life Program Inspires Grandma to Raise Money for a Starlight Fun Center

Denise DiCostanzo paced the hallways of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in New York, overwhelmed by her granddaughter’s diagnosis. Twelve-year-old Amanda was battling E. coli Shiga toxin as well as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, which is a condition that affects the blood and vessels. Amanda experienced severe pain, blood tests and transfusions for 16 consecutive days.   “Although I think of myself as …