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Treasure Coast Hospice Hosts Inaugural Summer Bash for Pediatric Families

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Vincent Roberts writes a thank you note

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Kelsey Padilla, Danielle and Michelle Herrick

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Magician Eric Kurit and Michelle Herrick

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Music Therapist Liz Lung plays soothing music to relax the parents

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Mia Valeri and Luke Lostroscio

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With assistance from Hospice staff, the kids created keepsakes for their parents

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The party participants

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Leo Lagana plays checkers

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A friendly game of UNO

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Dylon Southworth, Lillian Peters and Jonita Southworth

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Anthony, Aida and Emma Chun with Dr. Delgado and Barbara Kirkpatrick

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TC Hospice staff members- Barbara Kirkpatrick, Oralea Marquardt, Dalila Rodriguez, Dr. Delgado, Henry Lazos, Brittany Macy, Liz Lung and Nicole Scrivani

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Bryce and Ashley Reamer

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Delila Rodriguez and Luke Lostroscio with Little Smiles

The Treasure Coast Hospice Pediatric Team recently hosted its Inaugural Summer Bash at the Mayes Center in Stuart. Children and families in the care of the Little Treasures program came together for the opportunity to laugh, play, and, more importantly, connect.

“Families caring for children with complex medical needs often express feelings of isolation and share that it is hard to find activities outside of their home that the whole family can enjoy,” said Treasure Coast Hospice Licensed Clinical Social Worker Oralea Marquardt. “The Summer Bash event was created to provide an evening for our pediatric patients, their siblings, and parents to have some fun together as well as to connect with other families. Our hope is to continue to have events like the Summer Bash to help build a sense of community and bring joy to our patients and their families.”

Known for its traditional Children's Holiday Party, which occurs in December, the highly-skilled team of professionals strives to improve the quality of life for children and teens with life-limiting illnesses. With support from its partner, Little Smiles of Florida, the event provided enjoyment while helping the families build an added layer of community support amongst each other.

Pizza, fresh off-the-cart hot dogs and pretzels, ice cream sandwiches, and juice supplied nourishment for the evening of memorable family interactions during exciting games of Jenga, checkers, cornhole, Uno, Yahtzee, Connect Four, and more. Attendees sat entranced as they watched an exceptional performance by Eric the Magic Guy. Including his young audience members in his feats of illusion brought extra delight to all in attendance!

Parents later participated in a break-out session. Sitting in comfort, they closed their eyes and listened to the soothing sounds emanating from the guitar of Music Therapist Liz Lung. She quietly invited them to be in the moment, breathe in and out, and relax.

Under the caring watch and with assistance from staff members and volunteers, the children and teens created keepsake handprints on canvas boards, wrote thank you notes, and basked in the camaraderie of their peers.

Through palliative and hospice care, the Little Treasures Pediatric Team devotes itself to the medical, spiritual, and psychosocial concerns of its young patients and their families. Bringing them together to share insight, resources, and smiles will help them produce a community of kinship, hope, and even a few planned playdates.

Join Treasure Coast Hospice as it celebrates its 40th Anniversary by becoming a donor or volunteer. Opportunities abound!

Please visit TreasureHealth.org for additional information.

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