Angels above: From left, Sacha Field, MS, CCLS, child life specialist; Horman; Brunelle; Anne Bouchard Pizzano, MS, CCLS, child life specialist; Joanne Riley, RN, pediatric access nurse; MGHfC patient Jeremy Wiles; Santa and Mrs. Claus; and MGHfC patient Cody Dellamano
Their happy faces and open arms are familiar to the staff on Ellison 17 and 18 and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Since 1996, Sue Horman, founder of Angels Above, and her friend Mary Beth Brunelle have visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), bringing gifts for the hospitalized children. On Dec. 16, Horman and Brunelle once again made a trip to the hospital and were joined by special guests from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus. They brought holiday-themed pajamas, socks, toys, crafts and games to help raise the spirits of the young patients.
Along with holiday gifts for the pediatric patients, Horman and Brunelle brought presents for the patients’ siblings and parents. They also provided a catered lunch for the patients, their families and MGHfC staff in the Ellison 18 Playroom, where pediatric outpatients joined in the festivities as well.
“I think it is awesome that they do this for the kids,” said Nathalie, mother of 14-year-old MGHfC patient Jeremy Wiles. “It distracts the kids and takes them out of their hospital rooms to spend time with other children and the staff. It is really nice.”