Community Groups Bring Holiday Cheer to Kids in the Hospital

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By Sara Farris, Staff WriterBrocail_small.jpg

The holiday season is a special time of the year for families, which is why the Children's Cancer Hospital tries to create an experience that lifts the spirits of those families who must stay at the hospital during this time.

This year, pediatric patients received a special visit by Houston Astros players, Doug Brocail and Humberto Quintero. The players passed out teddy bears in the clinic and inpatient unit, posing for photographs and signing autographs along the way.

Following the Astros visit, Adam's Angels hosted an "Alice in Winter Wonderland" party in the PediDome for patients and families. The annual holiday party included characters from the Disney movie who entertained guests with a variety of activities. The highlight was a visit by Santa Claus who sat for photos with the patients and made a list of their many gift requests.

Throughout the year, the Child Life Program and Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson partner with community groups to put on a variety of events that distract patients from their hospital stay and bring a little cheer to their day. Other organizations and groups donate toys, money and other items that contribute to a fun and welcoming atmosphere at the Children's Cancer Hospital.

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