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Spirit Halloween Brings $73K to Golisano Children's Hospital
Funds received during Child Life Month support patients during hospital stays
By: Lee Health Foundation
March is Child Life Month, a month where hospitals celebrate child life specialists and the Child Life profession through education and awareness of their work. The certified Child Life Specialists bring joy and comfort to hospitalized kids and their families through evidence-based techniques such as medical play and therapeutic disciplines to help normalize the hospital experience.
Spirit of Children has gifted more than $322K+ since partnering with Golisano Children's Hospital. Last year's gift was used to equip sensory rooms which help patients with special needs to cope with hospital stays and doctor appointments. The sensory rooms include fiber optic lights, bubble towers, exercise balls and many squeeze balls with different textures. Even simple toys can calm a child in a new setting.
"The ability to purchase sensory items with the funds donated from Spirit of Children help bring comfort and familiarity to this special population,"
Spirit of Children focuses on making hospitals less scary for children and their families by partnering with Child Life Departments working to create more comfortable hospital environments. With donations raised in Spirit Halloween stores and from vendor partners, they continue empowering Child Life programs and roles, including:
To learn more about the Child Life program at Golisano Children's Hospital and ways to make a difference for young patients, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/