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Hoppy Easter!

May 1st, 2011 by jnedley

Our new pal Adam poses for a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Holidays can be among the most difficult days for a family to spend inside a hospital.  That’s why it’s so important that we do everything we can to recognize them for the inspirations that they are.

Carter spent his second (and, as it turned out, his last) Easter Sunday recovering from a third round of inpatient chemotherapy at The Cleveland Clinic.  Still, we did our best to give him the same Easter we would have had we been at home.  We filled his basket with toys and his first chocolate bunny.  We even bought him a set of goofy bunny ears that he seemed to like more when one of his parents wore them, instead.  (Even a seventeen-month-old has some pride, we guess.)   All these brought some precious smiles and the moments of playfulness that we miss so much every day.

Last week we tried to bring some of the same to the children of the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit at The Cleveland Clinic.   Lisa filled a bunch of beautiful Easter baskets with jellybeans, M&Ms, and some of her famous homemade chocolate bunnies.  She mixed in some toys, also, including plastic eggs filled with stickers and bottles of bubbles (two of Carter’s favorites).   Then, along with Laura Navarro, one of our fantastic board members, we delivered the baskets, and spent some time visiting with the children and their families.

"I'm not so sure about these, Pop...."

Jason donned those same old goofy bunny ears, and, after some good-natured prodding by Clinic staff, even hopped down the hallway a little.  (Guess that proves that age is not necessarily synonymous with wisdom.)

We hope you all had a very Happy Easter.  Thank you, as always, for your support.  And thanks again to the children and families at The Cleveland Clinic — you all are the reason that we do what we do.

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