A special guest post from Nicole Kennedy, Community Outreach Coordinator -Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic
Imagine being a little kid: one minute you’re playing little league, and the next you’re at the hospital with a broken arm. You’re in pain and scared of what’s going to happen. All of the sudden, a nurse wheels a big TV to your bed, and you can’t help but smile. In no time you’re playing Wii games and watching movies with your family; you even practice batting lefty on Wii Baseball while restoring some of the normalcy and fun that childhood injury or illness takes away.
That smiling child is playing on a Fun Center™ and Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic is trying to place a new one in Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) with the help of the Frederick community. Through a partnership with Nintendo, Starlight MidAtlantic has placed over 500 Fun Centers! After receiving a $267 check from the MOMS Club of Frederick North, Starlight MidAtlantic earmarked the donation for placing a Fun Center at FMH. FMH has been on the waiting list for a new unit since 2008 and is anxious to receive a new Fun Center!
A Fun Center isn’t just a chance to play video games; it is the opportunity to feel like a kid again. The Nintendo unit comes preloaded with 22 Wii games and 12 kid-friendly DVDS.
One Starlight MidAtlantic Mother said:
We were recently inpatient for 10 days and Quinn was in isolation-not able to leave his room at all….It was so great for him to be able to play from his wheelchair in his room. We also were able to invite volunteers in his room to play with him-he loves to interact with other people besides his mom! So, just wanted you to know how great having that system is for kids in the hospital…it gets so boring in there!
Whether hospitalized children are nervous, restless, or lonely in their hospital room, Fun Centers help them cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction. Congratulations to Frederick on being named a Great American Neighborhood, let’s make it even greater!
Last year, Starlight MidAtlantic served 220,947 seriously ill children in the MidAtlantic region. The local chapter of an international nonprofit, Starlight MidAtlantic brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families through entertainment, education, and family activities.