On Sunday April 26th we wrapped our Left Unsaid program at the Newmark Theater. Though we were all exhausted a group of 10 dancers set off to the Doernbecher Hospital on Monday to visit the children and make them smile. With tutu's in hand we set off in a caravan to the Hospital with John Ulsh, Roslyn Barnfield and Kathy Scoggins excited to see the kids. I was a little nervous because of personal reasons that being at the hospital may be overwhelming and emotional, but after seeing the kids I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
We split into two groups of 5, one group visited the children in the Cancer wing, while the other group went to the surgical acute care wing. I was in the surgical acute care wing with Anne, Steven, Leta and Brennan. We visited kids from age 8-16, and even though the 16 year old boy may not have had the same experience as the 8 year old girl it still brought a smile to his face. Kathy Scoggins and Emily Russell put together wonderful coloring books that the kids loved, and we also brought along brand new pointe shoes that the kids could play with. The other group consisted of Janel, Olga, Lucas, Julia and Grace. I know that the first room they visited was a little girl who jumped to her feet and squealed as soon as they walked in. If all we did was distract them from what they're going through for 5 minutes then we did our job, hopefully they'll remember this forever as I know all of us will.