Kadlec hosts holiday party for pediatric outpatient chemotherapy and IV therapy patients

Kadlec pediatric patients with cancer and other chronic illness spend a good portion of their time in and out of the hospital getting pokes, treatments and other procedures. In an effort to let these kids just be kids for an evening, Kadlec’s Don & Lori Watts Pediatric Center will be hosting a holiday party at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams on Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. To keep this event safe for these children, it is exclusively for outpatient chemotherapy and IV therapy patients and by invitation only.

The hope is these inspirational children will have an evening focused on having fun, rather than on their illnesses or hospital experiences, and enjoy some time with other Kadlec pediatric patients and their families. Since many of these children are immunocompromised, they are limited to which public spaces they can visit. The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is working with Kadlec to create a safe environment outside the hospital walls where these kids can enjoy an evening of celebration.

Thanks to a grant provided by donor donations through Kadlec Foundation and coordination from Kadlec’s Child Life Specialist Jenny Jones, kids will enjoy the banquet room, food, drinks, games, prizes, face painting, crafts, activities, a photo booth and guest appearances from Disney characters Ana from Frozen and Moana. They will also receive unlimited rides on the Carousel.

The media is invited to attend. Photo and interview opportunities available.

For questions about the event, contact Jenny Jones at (509) 727-7347. For advance interviews, contact Nikki Ostergaard, development specialist, at (509) 942-3238.

By: Nikki Ostergaard, Development Specialist