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Conquest - Summer 2013

Even when they’re being treated for cancer

Related story: Patients of all ages


By Gail Goodwin

Teddy bears, lemonade and tugs-of-war are all part of growing up, and pediatric cancer patients get to experience all of these at the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

For example, there’s field day, an old-fashioned, end-of-school activity for most students. With activities ranging from relay races, carnival games, tug-of-war and a cakewalk, the patients and their siblings have a great time. The Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program hosted the 2013 celebration. Volunteers with Jackie Sherrill’s Texas A&M 12th Man Kickoff Team Foundation were on hand to add to the fun.

Children’s hospital patients also learned about entrepreneurship as they teamed up with Southwest Airlines for National Lemonade Day. Building on their first taste of business marketing, children set up a lemonade stand in the hospital’s main lobby and served up more than 200 cups to fellow patients. Southwest Airlines sponsored the lemonade supplies and helped young patients serve the summertime favorite.

Young patients sported white coats and played doctor for a day using teddy bears as their patients. Each child learned more about their own cancer treatments in an interactive way as they guided their patient-bear through some of the same tests, services and treatments they receive at MD Anderson.
Photo: Kevin McGowan

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