Contact Us
Ramapo Daily Voice serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills
Return to your home site

Menu

Ramapo Daily Voice serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills

Nearby Towns

  • Orangetown
    serves Blauvelt, Grand View-on-Hudson, Orangeburg, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, South Nyack, Sparkill & Tappan
  • Clarkstown
    serves Bardonia, Congers, Nanuet, New City, Upper Nyack, Valley Cottage & West Nyack
  • North Rockland
    serves Garnerville, Grassy Point, Stony Point, Thiells, Tomkins Cove, Village of Haverstraw & West Haverstraw in Haverstraw Town
  • Mahwah-Ramsey
    serves Mahwah & Ramsey
news

Rockland Kindergartner Serves As Grand Marshal Of Maria Fareri Walk

Five-year-old Eli Carson Whittaker has been the named the grand marshal for the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day.
Five-year-old Eli Carson Whittaker has been the named the grand marshal for the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital annual Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day. Photo Credit: wmchealth.org

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- Eli Carson Whittaker of New City, who was known as the "tiny baby with the big heart," has been named the grand marshal of the 12th annual Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 1.

The event will benefit the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, which cares for the area's most seriously ill and injured children.

The Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day draws former patients, their families, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital staff and supportive community members from around the region for a casual one-mile walk and family-fun activities.

Eli Carson learned of the honor of being named grand marshal during a special ceremony Friday at his school, Summit Park Elementary School in New City. During the event, Linda Hurwitz, R.N., Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s vice president of patient care services, presented Eli Carson with a specially tailored grand marshal sash.

The ceremony took place in front of school administrators, teachers, Eli Carson’s family and 100-plus kindergarten and first-grade students.

As grand marshal, Eli Carson will lead thousands of participants around WMCHealth’s main campus in Valhalla during the event’s signature procession.

Eli Carson was born at just 24 weeks' gestation, weighed a mere 1 pound 6 ounces and had a list of life-threatening health issues longer than his tiny body. But with the help of the clinical staff in Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Regional neonatal intensive care unit, the odds of his survival turned in his favor.

Today, Eli Carson is 5 years old, enjoying kindergarten and meeting many growth milestones. As grand marshal, he will represent the more than 20,000 children cared for each year by the pediatric services offered at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day, including how participants can support advanced children’s healthcare in the region, interested parties are encouraged to visit events.westchestermedicalcenter.com/walk .

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Ramapo Daily Voice!

Serves Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Kaser, Monsey, Montebello, Mount Ivy, New Hempstead, New Square, Pomona, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tallman, Viola & Wesley Hills

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.