Medical Advisory Board
  “We all have been through so much, and bringing us together was the greatest thing you could have done for us.”

- Sunshine Kid 
        Stuart R. Toledano, M.D.
Medical Advisory Board Chairman, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL
        Dr. Stuart Toledano joins The Sunshine Kids Foundation Board of Directors after 15 years of involvement with the organization.

Currently, Toledano is Director of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Toledano received his Bachelors of Science degree in medicine at Brooklyn College and received his medical degree from Buffalo Medical School.
          Richard Brown, R.N., C.P.N.P.
Medical Advisory Board Member, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Birmingham, AL
          Richard Brown joins The Sunshine Kids Foundation Medical Advisory Board after several years as a volunteer medical representative.

At Children's Hospital of Alabama, Brown is a pediatric oncology nirse practitioner, a position he has held since 1996. He began his work with the hospital in 1991, working first as a clinical assistant then as a staff nurse. Previously, he worked for the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Brown holds masters and bachelors degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's degree in Biology /Computer Science from Birmingham-Southern College. He and his wife have two daughters.
        No Image   Bill Copeck, R.N.
Medical Advisory Board Member, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
Paterson, NJ




        No Image   Stephanie Vitolano, R.N., C.P.N.P.
Medical Advisory Board Member, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York City, NY




        No Image   Yvonne Escobar, R.N.
Medical Advisory Board Member, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
University Medical Center
Tucson, AZ
          Yvonne Escobar joins The Sunshine Kids Medical Advisory Board after two years of travel with The Foundation serving as a medical representative on several National Events. Her first experience with Sunshine Kids began when she chaperoned a group from University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona on the 2006 Sunshine Kids Haunted Halloween Getaway in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to chaperoning kids from her home hospital in Tucson she frequently assists the Foundation by serving as the medical representative for other pediatric oncology centers across the United States that are unable to provide their own nursing representative due to staffing issues.

Yvonne has been a pediatric oncology nurse for the past six years and has been working in the pediatric field for nearly 20 years. She holds an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelors Degree of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona.
        Akara Forsythe, M.D.   Akara Forsythe, M.D.
Medical Advisory Board Member, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
          Akara Forsythe began her involvement with The Sunshine Kids when she attended the 1990 Sunshine Kids Winter Games in Aspen, Colorado as a patient participant from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “During one of the most difficult times in my life, the Sunshine Kids Foundation brought me a tremendous amount of happiness and peace. And, I still hold many of the memories close to my heart.”

Akara is now completing her residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD in the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care. She also is a Cardiac Life Support Instructor at Johns Hopkins’ Office of Emergency Training and has written a chapter for General Care Issues in the Johns Hopkins Anesthesia Resident Handbook.

At the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Sunshine & Stars Gala last year Akara served as one of the honored Sunshine Kids representing the Foundation’s past 25 years. “For a child with cancer there is no greater gift than the gift of liberation from being a sick kid, freedom to be bald and beautiful, laughter, joy and hope with no limits and that is what The Sunshine Kids Foundation has done for each and every one of us.”
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