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Baird 5 with Collin Cope & John Abair 2/18/19

Thanks to Collin & John for doing the Baird 5 Pediatric Music Session at the UVM Children’s Hospital on 2/18/19.  This is part of a series of monthly sessions for Baird 5 patients, families and staff that has been sponsored by Young Tradition Vermont with the Child Life Department since 2003.  As always there’s listening, singing, dancing, and laughing options, with fiddles, guitars, banjos, ukuleles, voices and more. Families with children on Baird 5 plus volunteers and medical staff join us in the new activity room.

The sessions originated as an attempt by Mark Sustic to reframe his personal experience in that environment….. prior to his death at age 16, his son Thomas and his parents spent the better part of 2 years on Baird 5. Families who are there with their sick children live out of a suitcase, most for several days, some for several weeks, a few for months on end. Much of the time is spent in the most mind-numbing boredom imaginable, with the balance spent in hair-raising, life-or-death crises, at times with their child’s life in the balance. The sessions have brought a measure of joy and happiness every month to families and children during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

TBA date for the next session.

It was wonderful having the young musicians here this week. Our pediatric patients, families and staff enjoyed their musical program!

I just wanted to say we are very thankful for your focus and dedication to making the experience work for us, you, and above all the children and their families and the staff that provide so much care. We really respect and appreciate it.

Thank you for your support of the Child Life Department at Vermont Children’s Hospital. Child Life Week allowed us to spread awareness about the services we provide to children, families and staff. Thank you for making it a fun and exciting experience-the kids had a blast.