Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winterfest Welcomes Wally

A patient poses with Wally.

All smiles between Cinderella and a patient.


While the winter holidays are behind us, there were still plenty of reasons to celebrate at Mass General Hospital for Children's Cancer Center annual Winterfest program on Sunday, January 5 at the Liberty Hotel. This joyful event brought together pediatric cancer patients, their siblings and parents for an afternoon of festivities.

Wally the Green Monster of the Red Sox welcomed the group and played games along with them. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Program entertained with crafts and face painting. Caricature artists, nail art and foosball were amongst the activities that added to the fun, and an interactive magic show by Peter O’Malley brought many laughs from the group. For those wanting some relaxation time, chair massages were offered in a quiet area for children and parents. A special lunch for the older teen and young adult patients was held concurrently at CLINK at the Liberty. Winterfest also welcomed Cinderella and Frosty the Snowman, who made sure to bring gifts for all the children.

This special event brought families together to celebrate and provided an afternoon of respite for the children who endure many difficult treatments throughout the year. The program is led by Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.


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