On August 15, Pierson 11th grader Max Snow and Kyle Lutnick (pictured above with Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Mary Andriola, Paulette Walters and Brooke Rose with the Child Life Program) met with a six-year-old child at Stony Brook University Hospital who is battling with Leukemia. Surrounded by his parents, grandmother and two younger brothers, the boy was thrilled when Snow and Lutnick handed him a brand new Nintendo DS console – a personal video game machine – and new games to play with. His brothers received the same gift.
The donation was one of several donations made through the Game Knights, the brainchild of Lutnick. Snow and his eighth grade brother, Ben, founded Game Knights Hamptons, a local chapter of the organization in late 2011.
The Game Knights is a not-for-profit dedicated to engaging and distracting children going through sometimes-lengthy hospitalizations while fighting serious illnesses. The Knights collect new and used video game devices, game, DVD players, iPads, movies and financial donations used towards the purchase of those items, which are then donated to children in need.
According to Max and Ben’s mother, Gay Snow, Game Knights Hamptons has recently partnered with Stony Brook University Hospital and its Child Life Program and will fulfill those children’s wish lists through the not-for-profit.
“They are childhood friends, and now work together to help other children who are sick or receiving treatments in hospitals,” said Snow of Lutnick and Snow.