Holiday Parade Benefits Kids

Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade

The proceeds from Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade benefit the hospital’s Child Life Department. Following is a guest blog by Child Life Manager Kristen Johnson explaining why this support is so important.

Being in the hospital can be very overwhelming for a child or teen. The Child Life Department provides support to patients and families in many ways. For example, a Certified Child Life Specialist may use special books or dolls to help a child understand why they are having surgery. They can teach positive coping strategies during a painful procedure and use distraction tools such as an iPad.

Child Life Staff work with patients during the Teddy Bear Clinic

Child Life Specialist Jennifer Roady and 3-year-old Juliana Burton play at drawing blood from a teddy bear.

Child Life Assistants help “kids be kids”. There are seven playrooms to explore while patients are admitted to the hospital. Music therapists also help children and teens express themselves through music, and red noses are a welcome sight throughout the hospital as the Funnyatrics clowns empower children through laughter.

All of these people strive each day to help make life better for children. If you would like to make a donation to Children’s Child Life Department, visit the parade web site and make a difference.

We hope to see you on Saturday, Dec. 1, when 16 smiling patients will kick off the holiday season at the 25th Annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade presented by Pizza Hut. These patients will dazzle the crowd in their costumes while riding on floats or in vehicles with some of their favorite characters and celebrities. Nominated by the staff at Children’s Medical Center, these patients are a testament of strength and courage.

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