Spirit of Children donations expands pediatric programs at Coven - FOX34 Lubbock

Spirit of Children donations expands pediatric programs at Covenant

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Many families have their own holiday traditions, but most are shaken when a family member gets sick.

Covenant Children's Hospital is making sure pediatric patients and their families are able to enjoy the holidays and receive the best care, beyond medical treatments, year round.

Monique Rodriguez's three-year-old son, Matthias, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer at one and a half years old. He is almost done with his chemo treatments, but still remains in the hospital for one week out of every month. According to Rodriguez, he was excited to be able to celebrate Halloween at Covenant early this year.

"I really just like to see them happy and everything," Rodriguez said. "He loves Halloween, every kid loves Halloween."

Spirit of Children is donating money and Halloween costumes to the Children's Hospital to make sure patients get to celebrate. 

"We're making the hospitals less scary for the kids and their families," Thomas Cline, store manager at Spirit Halloween, said. "Even things as far as helping them financially, healing without medicines."

All donations from Lubbock's Spirit Halloween store goes to Covenant Children's. It provides for a Child Life Specialist Fellowship position. It's raised more than $91,000 to date.

"Our child life fellow works in our outpatient areas which is where we do not have coverage right now," Covenant's manager of integrative care, Christine Neugebauer, stressed. "And she is helping patients right now through painful procedures, helping prepare them for surgery, is doing a lot to help with reducing pain."

The hospital is doing this in hopes that all patients are as happy and well taken care of as Matthias.

"When he see's this hospital, he's like oh OK, OK, he runs and wants to go in the doors," Rodriguez laughed.

Spirit of Children has raised more than $45M nationwide since 2007. It's goal is $9M this season.


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