Friday, January 18, 2013

Sharing the magic of Disney


WIDE-EYED WONDER: Golden’s grandson, 6-year-old Kyle Daunais, takes a closer look at the Disney collectibles.


In the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) playroom on Ellison 17, children can spy Cinderella dancing with her prince, Snow White cavorting with the Seven Dwarfs, and some of the 101 Dalmatians getting into mischief. The scenes are depicted in 254 Walt Disney figurines donated by former patient Robert S. Golden in honor of the late MGH surgeon Claude E. Welch, MD, who treated him many years ago.

During the collection’s unveiling Dec.17, Golden, a lifelong Disney enthusiast, said he was grateful for his treatment at the MGH and thought his collection could brighten the lives of the pediatric patients and their families. “If I could even change the paradigm of one sick child and give them a little optimism or bring a smile to their face – there’s nothing like it,” Golden said.


Golden said it was his sister who first introduced him to Disney figurines while she was working for a company that sold them, and he spent the following decades amassing an impressive personal collection. The donation to MGHfC includes figurines from the original Walt Disney Classic Collection and the Giuseppe Armani and Waterford collections.

“It feels wonderful seeing someone for whom my grandpa made such a difference giving back to the institution he loved,” said Welch’s grandson, Christopher Claude Welch, who also attended the event.

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