Friday, August 16, 2013

Rolling out fun


WHEEL-Y COOL: Scuccimarra, center, cuts the ribbon on the new Starlight Fun Center with support from fellow Shaw’s employees, from left, John Anderson, Paul Nerney and Matt Celona.

Waiting for appointments in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Pediatric Imaging waiting room became a lot more fun this week thanks to a donation of a new Starlight Fun Center. The secure, portable, all-in-one gaming and video console features a Wii gaming system with 22 games, a DVD player and a plasma TV.

“The game consoles are a way for kids to just be kids during their hospital experience,” said Katie Weagle, Pediatric Imaging child life specialist. “They can help provide a bit of distraction as well as alleviate some anxiety for not only the children, but also for parents.”

The device was presented to MGHfC by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, through a $5,000 sponsorship from Colgate-Palmolive and Shaw’s supermarkets, during a ribbon-cutting and thank-you ice cream party on Aug. 14. It is the sixth console donated by the foundation to MGHfC’s pediatric units. Weagle said the consoles are popular with children and their parents who often play the games together.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to do something for the children,” said John Scuccimarra, Shaw’s district manager.
“These games help kids feel comfortable and we’re happy to be a part of this. It’s important to help children feel normal in this abnormal environment.” 

Read more articles from the 08/16/13 Hotline issue.

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