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Westporter Aims To Improve Kids' Time in Hospital

Staying in the hospital is not something adults look forward to, let alone children. But a donation made by Westport resident David Gottschalk to Norwalk Hospital may help make the stay more comfortable for young patients.

Gottschalk, founder of the Westport nonprofit KIDSovercancer Foundation, recently donated two new Apple iPads to the hospital's pediatric department. These iPads will soon be available to the hospital's young patients, allowing them to keep in touch with family and friends, play games online and watch movies during their stay.

Carol Brennan-Smith, communications manager at Norwalk Hospital, said Tuesday the hospital's Information Technology Department is installing several iPad applications onto the devices before they are distributed.

The mission of the KIDSovercancer Foundation is to improve the quality of a stay in the hospital for a sick or injured child by bringing a broad array of education, communication and entertainment technology to their bedsides.

Do you know a Westport resident who is making a positive difference in the lives of others? If so, we'd love to hear about them! Email reporter Vanessa Inzitari with information at

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