Volunteering with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Ambassadors at Stanford

Yesterday I had the honor of volunteering at the "Back to School Party" at Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford- providing the littlest of patients with an opportunity to share in the excitement of going back to school (the hospital has a school for long-term care patients) by decorating backpacks, door hangers, bookmarks and taking pictures in the photobooth! There was even live music! Unfortunately I don't have any pictures out of courtesy for the patients and their families but it was a wonderful experience - not only to see the excitement of the children, but the gratitude of the parents having an uplifting activity for their little ones to be included in.

The hospital's "Forever Young" playroom

The hospital's "Forever Young" playroom

 

LPCH has a special place in my heart. Although I was 15 when I had my 3 & 3/4 parathyroid tumors removed in a rare parathyroidectomy, they did the procedure at the children's hospital and took great care of me - in large part the reason why I am still here today and actually have functioning kidneys! Amplified by our time last fall at CNMC with Grace, paying it forward (and back) to the hospital was something I knew I wanted to champion upon my return to the Bay Area. 

Looking forward to getting more involved, and hope you will join me - more information about the ambassadors program can be found here!