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The Sunrise Association Wheels Up! Program: Bringing the Joys of Childhood to Hospitalized Cancer Patients

It’s hard to just be a kid when you’re battling cancer. Carefree moments of joy seem out of reach. Solving that problem was the impetus behind the Sunrise Association which has been providing summer day camps for children with cancer and their siblings since 2006. Faced with COVID lockdowns, the Sunrise Association developed the Wheels Up! program which opens up the world of new places and cultures to hospitalized patients. In the session, the Sunrise Association will share the genesis and development of their unique programs. This will be followed by the Child Life team at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital who will discuss their implementation of the Wheels Up! program including a video program and child-friendly craft.

Learning Objectives:
– Summarize the challenges faced by pediatric cancer patients.
– Develop strategies to address pain points for pediatric cancer patients.
– Identify the roles, responsibilities, and charter of a pediatric hospital’s Child Life Department.
– Discover tips for evaluating and implementing programs to support Child experience in the in-patient hospital.

Bonnie Flatow, MT (ASCP), Senior Vice President for Hospital and Community Services, The Sunrise Association
Chris Strom, Chief Marketing Officer, The Sunrise Association
Julie Hertzog, BS, Child Life Manager, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Alyssa Salangsang-Hamilton, MS, Certified Child Life Specialist, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

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