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Carrots for Candy: The Great Boy Scout Experiment

How Penn State PRO Wellness is helping scouts make better food choices

 

By Heidi Lynn Russell

Summer camp can be rife with memories of telling ghost stories by crackling campfires, hiking through shaded trails, gliding in a canoe across a sparkling lake – and candy – lots of candy – at the camp “trading post.”

It’s that candy that is a concern to the Boy Scouts of America. As rates of childhood obesity increase in the United States, the Boy Scouts organization wants its members to enjoy their camping experiences with wholesome, delicious meals and snacks.

How can they convince children to want to make healthy eating choices? (more…)

September 5, 2017 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

More than medical needs: Four Diamonds provides social support

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Social worker Greg Baiocchi with Four Diamonds child Colton. (Courtesy of Four Diamonds)

By Jade Kelly Solovey

When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, the family may be scared and wonder how they will make it through. It’s during that time that the dedicated psychosocial team at Penn State Children’s Hospital introduces them to Four Diamonds.

In addition to the financial support offered to families of children with cancer, Four Diamonds provides holistic, family-centered care by addressing not only the physical but also the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

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July 19, 2017 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Camp Lionheart: A place for young heart warriors

Camp LionheartSome young campers celebrated the fifth birthday of a little girl they never knew on Aug. 2, although they had a lot in common.

“My little girl was a heart warrior like you guys,” Williamsport resident Jennifer Ayers told the 15 campers at Camp Lionheart. “ It means a lot for me to be able to have this camp for you so you can meet other heart warriors.”

The inaugural session of Camp Lionheart at Camp Kirchenwald in Colebrook, Lebanon County welcomed campers age 11-18 who share an important bond with Ayer’s daughter, Ellie, who was born on Aug. 2, 2011 and died from cardiomyopathy (heart disease) on April 25, 2012.

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August 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

Children’s Miracle Network Telethon is June 4-5

The 32nd Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefiting Penn State Children’s Hospital will air on Saturday, June 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. on WGAL-TV8.
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Children’s Miracle Network funds critical patient care, ground-breaking research and life-saving equipment at Penn State Children’s Hospital. During this year’s telethon, viewers will be encouraged to make a donation by calling 1-877-543-7365 or visiting PennStateHersheyCMN.org. The telethon fundraising goal is $250,000.

State-of-the art pieces of equipment were recently purchased to help children with eye conditions that result from extreme prematurity, child abuse or various diseases. (more…)

June 2, 2016 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

Four heroes make the day ‘super’ for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital patients

Alexia Heilman has long admired Spiderman. The 11-year-old loves the thought of a superhero who can shoot webs. Ahzhanae Kirkland, 7, puts Superman atop her list.

Super heroes visit Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

Click here for a photo album of the adventure.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, both girls were among several children at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital who got to see four popular superheroes descend from the top of the building. Some gathered on the hospital’s front lawn while others got a close-up view of the caped crusaders from the inside through the third- and fourth-floor windows.

Kate Denlinger, certified child life specialist helps patient Kaitlyn Teeter, 5, decorate her anesthesia mask with stickers prior to a procedure she regularly receives at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. "Instead of coping with a bad diagnosis, she just has to cope with the routine of coming in so that she can continue being healthy," Kate says.

READ MORE: A Day in Child Life.

“They’ve got to wake up each day and fight for their lives,” said Captain America, also known as Michael DeJesus. “Today’s a day they forget about being in the hospital. It’s a small party just for them.”

This marked the third annual appearance at the children’s hospital by Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and Superman.

By day, these superheroes work as window washers for Northeaster
n Building Maintenance of Harrisburg. But once a year, they take time to don costumes and rappel down the side of a building to brighten the day for some young fans. The visit is coordinated by Penn State Hershey’s Child Life Program and Facilities Department.

Comics created by fourth-year medical students.

READ MORE: Comics and Medicine: Helping Med Students Form Their Professional Identities.

Kane Wolf, 8, was most excited to see Batman. “He has a cool weapon and a cool car, the Batmobile,” he said. If he could have one superpower, Kane said he would choose “superstrength” so he could put the “bad guys” in their place.

Our last post: From patient to resident: Lindsay Requa’s Penn State Hershey experience shapes career.

 

August 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm 3 comments

From patient to resident: Lindsay Requa’s Penn State Hershey experience shapes career

Lindsay Requa knows first-hand what the patients she has treated as a resident at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital are going through. Fourteen years ago, she was where they are today, when she learned she needed surgery to repair a leaky valve in her heart.

Lindsay Requa when she was a patient of Dr. Myers

Lindsay Requa when she was a patient of Dr. Myers

As a 15-year-old high school softball, basketball and field hockey player, she worried about whether she could still participate in the sports she loved, and whether the surgery scar would look bad when she wore her prom dress.

It wasn’t the answers from Dr. John Myers, her pediatric heart surgeon, that she remembers most, but the way he responded to her questions and concerns.

“He talked with me at my level and was really good about making me feel heard,” she said. “He made me feel good, so I understood what was happening.”

In July, a week before Requa completed her three-year pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital, she visited Myers and showed him a photo of the two of them from that time.

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August 12, 2015 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Four Diamonds assists families like the Hess family during cancer fights

Editor’s Note: Penn State’s THON Weekend is Feb. 20-22. Students will dance for 46-hours to support pediatric cancer patients. To date, $114 million has been raised and donated to Four Diamonds, a foundation that supports the families of pediatric patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, and the cancer research done here. For more information on THON, or to watch the activities live, visit THON.org. For more information on Four Diamonds, visit FourDiamonds.org.

Playing iPad games and shaking a tambourine may not seem special to the parents of most preschoolers.

But, for parents of children battling cancer, it’s the little things like these that can brighten even the darkest of days.

Providing normalcy in the midst of treatment is part of the services supported by Four Diamonds, the sole beneficiary of The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) happening this weekend.

Four Diamonds supports children and their families facing the challenges of pediatric cancer by paying for care and treatment not covered by insurance or other means as well as additional expenses that disrupt the welfare of the children.

Lydia Hess

Lydia Hess

One of those families is the Hess family from Harrisburg. Lydia was diagnosed with leukemia in April of 2014 at the age of 2.

Four Diamonds makes it possible for 16 specialty care providers to be available exclusively to Four Diamonds patients and their families – including child life specialists, a clinical nutritionist, a clinical psychologist, nurse specialists, social workers, music therapists, a clinical nutritionist, and pastoral care. If currently you have drug substances on your blood and have a drug test coming up I suggest getting synthetic urine to keep all those substances not getting noticed.

“All of those things have made Lydia’s life and our days so much easier,” said Julie Hess, Lydia’s mother. “Just to make one day easier is a big deal to us. We’ve had a lot of really hard days.”

Lydia’s diagnosis was a complete surprise to the family. Last winter, she had recurring fevers.

“She was 2 and interacting with other kids — going to preschool once a week, swim classes and church– so we figured she was just picking up all the germs,” Julie said.

In April, Lydia’s fever spiked higher than normal and she began complaining of finger pain. Julie and her husband, Brandon, suspected something unusual was happening.

“The pediatrician examined her and said ‘let’s do some x-rays, let’s do some blood work,’ but they never mentioned the word cancer or leukemia,” Julie said.

Two hours after Lydia’s appointment, her doctor called the family.

“You know when you get a call at home that quickly after you’ve been there, it’s not good,” Julie said.

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February 20, 2015 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

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