Friday, January 18, 2013

Winterfest wows with a memorable afternoon


CHILLING OUT: From left, Lily Waldeck, 7, Helen Cao, 6, and Claire Kayajan, 6, take a turn in the event’s photo booth.


More than 150 children and their families turned out to the annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center Jan. 13 at the Liberty Hotel. The festive event included a visit from Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Frosty the Snowman.

Attendees also were treated to crafts and face painting thanks to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Program, as well as scrapbooking, nail art and foosball activities. An interactive show by magician Peter O’Malley brought many laughs from the group. Raffle prizes and contests were held throughout the afternoon, and for those wanting some relaxation time, chair massages were offered. Families were also able to document the memorable day by posing for snapshots in the photo booth.

“This community effort ensured an amazing afternoon for children who endure many difficult treatments throughout the year,” said Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, clinical social worker in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit, who led the program. “Special thanks go out to the pediatric oncology staff who volunteered and helped prepare for this magical afternoon.”

The event was also made possible by a variety of donors, including the Friends of the MGH Cancer Center and Isabella Curly Cakes. Cancer Center staff on Lunder 10 and the MGPO Professional Billing Office provided gifts and gift cards for the children.

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