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Covenant Children's hosts annual Christmas party

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Every year, Covenant Children's throws its young patients a Christmas party.

It is a day for families to forget their troubles and enjoy the holidays.

"They don't have to come to the clinic for anything, they don't have to get any pokes, no procedures, just being able to come and have fun and be normal," Kathryn Pylant, child life specialist at Covenant Children's, said.

 This year both Santa Claus, and Spiderman, made the VIP list.

The event is not just for the patients.

Their families, siblings and other former patients were welcomed back, like a second family.

"I am here because of my little brother, Wyatt. He had cancer, and we were there for a pretty long time," Kylie Gentri said. "Just coming here makes me so happy and how joyful everybody is here and how happy they are." 

Delainey Kendrick, a cancer survivor, volunteers each and every year.

She was diagnosed in 2016, and has since gone into remission. 

"I have been through it, and a lot of them don't realize that because I don't look like I used to, without my hair or with really short hair or as sick as I did...I hope that that brings them a little bit of peace," Delainey said.

"It takes a while to do but it's so worth it. To be able to walk around and see everyone having so much fun. It's a really great and special day," Pylant said. 

Of course, you cannot forget the toys.

The kids did not have to wait for Santa to grant their wish, as each child got to bring their favorite one home from the party. 


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