SANDWICH – HopeHealth held its annual PediPal Gardens Aglow event for its pediatric palliative care (PediPal) patients and their families at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich last week, where pediatric patients were able to enjoy a holiday celebration of lights, a visit with Santa and other holiday activities around the grounds. The event also served as an opportunity for PediPal families to meet and share experiences with each other.
“Through HopeHealth’s PediPal program, we meet so many courageous, strong children who deserve a special event dedicated to them during the holidays,” said Diana Franchitto, president & CEO of HopeHealth. “We thank the Heritage Museums & Gardens for helping us throw this special celebration, and we look forward to growing our PediPal program throughout 2019 to help even more children and their families.”
12 PediPal patients and their families enjoyed carolers, vibrant light displays, a reindeer scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa in his sleigh, and more. Attendees also got to stop by the Magnolia Café for hot cocoa and cider with snacks, as well as roast marshmallows by the camp fires.
Janis and Seth Creedon of Brockton brought their six-year-old son Luke, a PediPal patient, and daughter, Cecilia. “What a great night! Luke and Cecilia loved finding Santa’s reindeer and stamping their cards. Between the music, hot chocolate and beautiful display of lights, it certainly ignited the holiday spirit. What a wonderful idea for all the families,” said Janis.
HopeHealth’s PediPal program helps children with life-threatening illness and their families with services such as nursing, social work, spiritual support, complimentary therapies including massage and Reiki, volunteer and grief support and more. It has grown to serve 67 families over 11 years, and plans to help even more with increased funding from the Department of Health.