While Christmas may be over, the holiday lights and trees are still up and bright–just like the spirits of the DanceBlue Clinic. Throughout the past month, the faculty of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic and DanceBlue committee have been working hard to bring the spirit of the holidays into the lives of the patients and their families during their treatments and appointments. From party planning to bringing the Joy Cart around to each room, there is definitely a warm and joyful spirit in the air of the Clinic.
To start the season off right, the DanceBlue committee held a holiday party for all the families and patients. Each semester, our Family Relations committee plans multiple themed parties full of games and activities for families to attend and enjoy. From hot chocolate to ornament decorating, there was plenty of winter fun at this Holiday family party! There was even a surprise visit from Santa!
Recently, a mischievous elf named Buddy has been appearing throughout the Clinic! Some of his favorite spots are in the lighthouse in the waiting room and on top of the “end of treatment” bell! Everyday he appears in a new spot around the clinic, and he loves surprising the kids! It was hard saying where he would pop up next! On Dec. 24, we had to wave bye to Buddy as he left to go back home to the North Pole. We all look forward to when he returns next December!
One of my favorite aspects of DanceBlue is the transparency between the community and the families of the Clinic. After being involved with DanceBlue for the past 4 years, I have learned that DanceBlue is more than just a 24-hour dance marathon. It is a year-long act of pure joy. Jarrett Mynear’s mission to bring kids something to look forward to is the heart and soul of DanceBlue, which is what makes it so special. The amount of money that DanceBlue raises is an extremely compelling way to show its significance to the community; but more importantly, DanceBlue’s true significance is the happiness and love that the children, parents and students show for each other.
To me, DanceBlue is an ear-to-ear smile, a giant bear-like hug and endless laughter that helps someone get through the day. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this inspiring organization and spread awareness for the patients and families of the Clinic.
Having themed parties with holiday games and surprise visits from Buddy were just small ways of brightening the spirits of everyone in the Clinic this holiday season. From our DanceBlue family to yours, we hope you had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!