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.
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!