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Volunteer Spotlight: Mohammed Naeem & Project Sunshine Stony Brook

Project Sunshine 2012 Summer Interns

After learning about Project Sunshine from a required class reading, Mohammed Naeem recognized the impact the programming could have on the Stony Brook campus community as well as the patients receiving treatment at Stony Brook Medical Center. An aspiring physician, Mohammed truly understands the importance of medical play and therapeutic recreation. With that grain of wisdom, the founding of Stony Brook's Project Sunshine chapter became a reality!

Currently, Chapter Leader Mohammed and a talented group of Stony Brook University volunteers partner with the Child Life Services department to bring sunshine to the halls of Stony Brook Children's Hospital, serving as models of hope and happiness.

In the spring of 2012, the Stony Brook chapter held a Super Bowl party and a spring carnival for inpatients and their families. This semester, Project Sunshine at Stony Brook has weekly programs at the facility and makes every Wednesday "Project Sunshine Day", filled with arts & crafts and endless smiles. In addition, the chapter is organizing campus-wide Sending Sunshine events to create craft kits and surgi dolls.

The combination of a motivated leader and dedicated volunteers has made Stony Brook an incredible Project Sunshine chapter.

"This semester will serve as the next phase of growth for our chapter. Our volunteers are very excited and ready to make this chapter a model organization on Stony Brook's campus."

Mohammed Naeem
Project Sunshine Chapter Leader, Stony Brook University

Find out more about Mohammed and PS at Stony Brook

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club