Children’s Blood & Cancer Center Summer Fun!
The Hungry Bunch group kicked off summer 2013 with the annual prom at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Hawaiian theme prom was as colorful and beautiful as the teens who attended the June 29 event.
The week started with the girls getting their prom dresses and hair ideas for the big night. Ann Wyatt Little, reporter with Fox 7 caught up with Oshliana Stewart and Sabrina Flores to find out what prom meant for them.
When the big day arrived, Aveda Institute Austin provided the Prom Primping party where the girls not only got their hair done, but also make up and nails. A limo ride to the big bash followed. When the teens arrived at Dell Children’s they were greeted with fresh Hawaiian leis donated by Superhero Kids. The night included a Polynesian dinner, Hula dancing, face painting, photos, picture frame art, and of course music to get everyone on the dance floor.
Several scholarships were also awarded. Congratulations to David Peach, Duc Tran and Tiara Hall - recipients of this year’s $5,000 and $2,500.
The CBCC also would like to thank it’s supporters of this year’s prom: The Kelly Davidson Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Superhero Kids, Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation, Aveda Institute Austin, Austin Fairy Godmother, LCRA, Jennifer Wilks Foundation, Jack Brown Cleaners, Say Cheese and Kat y Cakes, as well as JB, morning show announcer from the JB and Sandy show on Mix 94.7.
Field Trip & Camps
As we headed into July, CBCC patients and staff members loaded up a charter bus and headed down south to San Antonio for a day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The heat was not an issue for the kids as they enjoyed a day of riding roller coasters and other rides, taking in great shows and making a splash in White Water Bay Water Park. A great field trip had by all.
Summer camps kicked in at end of July and beginning of August. More than a dozen of our kids took part in this year’s Camp Ailihpomeh near Clifton, Texas. This camp is specifically for children with hemophilia and other rare blood disorders. During the week-long camp, the children participated in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, ropes courses and leadership training for older campers. Each year the CBCC sends staff to provide medical oversight for the camp. This year the CBCC was the only center in Texas to be able to provide nursing and physicians all week.
Next we were off to Camp Discovery where 42 campers from the cancer program enjoyed another week of camp fun. They also showed staff their various talents in singing, art and dancing. Activities included high ropes course, tennis class, swimming, line dancing class and evening activities such as Carnival and Mardi Gras Dance. Several teens from the Survivorship Clinic participated in the Leadership-in –Training and the Counselor-in-Training Program.
Camp Volente for Bereaved Siblings was held at The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria. Camp Volente is not your typical camp. This camp supports children and adolescents who have lost a sibling to cancer at the CBCC by providing a safe and comfortable space for children to grieve. Children remembered and honored their siblings with a therapeutic art project and a butterfly release at the closing activity.
In between all the fun at camps, patients at the clinic had some special visitors throughout the summer too. “Sin Caras”, a Mexican luchdor enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, was in Austin for his latest match. He took time out to come visit with the kids and their families. As he signed autographs, kids were smiling, shaking hands and posing with the popular wrester.
And it’s not summer without the circus coming into town.Clowns from the Ringling Brothers Circus made their rounds at the clinic bringing lots of laughter to the kids, their families and staff. Check out all the clowning around at the CBCC.
What started out as a visit by the University of Texas Women’s Basketball players ended up becoming a Friday tradition. Coach Karen Aston and the Lady Longhorns come by the clinic and are greeted by lots of Longhorn fans every week. The players have gotten to know that patients more and more during their visits. They spend their few hours talking with the children, doing arts and crafts, playing games and doing other fun activities that the children are doing. It’s been a positive experience both for the patients and the players. The Lady Longhorns are such a welcome sight to our patients.
Wow - could we jam in any more fun into our days? Sure we could, but we’ll save the rest for the fall!