Pediatric Holiday Party
Every year, Emanuel Children's Hospital serves thousands of children and their families. Children who battle cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, children burned, in accidents, managing chronic illnes or genetic concerns. Children who need emotional and physical support in addition to medicine. Children who live everyday with armor, fighting to be a kid.
So... we celebrate with them! Every December, the children who spent time hospitalized come together with their families and PARTY! Breakfast with Santa, a real DJ and music, Mrs. Clause, local community heroes, dancers, staff and volunteers lead the children through the transformed Magic Wonderland at Emanuel Children's Hospital.
But the real magic happens as new friendships formed. Parents, who find their lives "different" from the rest, meet others like them. Children, who don't have the privilege of "normalcy" all of a sudden, are the majority. Lasting alliances are formed and they become stronger- together. Our Annual Holiday Party has become so much more than sitting on Santa's lap for a toy. We are proud and thankful to our supporters for allowing the magic to grow and continue.
Pediatric Unit Playroom
The 3rd floor of Emanuel Children's Hospital is more than a place to receive medical care; it's a place to be a kid! The playroom is painted, capturing and sharing the spirit of Molly with her friends. Complete with a mini-hospital where children can learn about their own procedures and treatments through medical play, a ceiling painted with dancing clouds, a special wall to hang their artistic master pieces, a beautiful dresser full of dress up clothes, toys, trucks, videos, puzzles, games, and a special doll house delivered personally by Molly weeks before she died.
The Children's Garden
When Molly was battling cancer, we spent quiet moments along the paths of the Children's Garden. The flowers were bulbs, the shrubs- just babies and the trees barely reached our shoulders. It was too young to attract birds and butterflys- a few of Molly's favorite things, so Molly decided the garden needed a bird house and pretty stepping stones to invite birds and butterflys. The birdhouse was placed, it bears her name and Molly patiently taught her hospital friends how to make stepping stones out of concrete and small treasures. Today the garden has grown, the tress tower above, providing shade, butterflys dance all around, birds sing and the stepping stones can still be found, placed in between the magical forest.
Every once in a while, a child needs a little extra suport. Many wishing organizations grant one wish, others will grant a second, but sometimes a child's need goes beyond. Molly's fund allows The Childlife Specialists to reach out and offer support to a child who simply needs something else. Our wishes are simple; a puppy, a computer, concert tickets, a game boy or a spa day with grandma. Shown here is Carlito's and family receiving his wish for his own TV and Game Cube with "lots" of games.
This mulit-sensory cart distracts children from their fear and pain and helps them heal. Shown here is Jen, a Childlife Specialist with one of her patients using the fiber-optic "rain shower"