KMBZ: Children's Mercy Hospital, bringing summer camp to the kids
by Rebecca Crockett
Some patients at Children's Mercy have to miss out on summer camp, but for the last two years, summer camp has come to them. All week there's art, and other camp like activities, that go with this year's, "Under the Sea" theme. Trista Williams, volunteer program coordinator with the hospital says research shows that getting the kids up and moving, get's them out of the hospital sooner.
"We're really helping to distract them from their illness, distract them from the reason they're in the hospital, and it helps them to feel like a normal child," explains Williams.
She says an organization called Good Cheer brought the idea to the hospital for the first time last year. She knew immediately it would be a game changer for the kids and their parents.
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