Kids let go of fear at Golisano Children’s Hospital

Author: Alec Schreck

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Coping with serious illness can really weigh on not just your physical health, but your emotional health as well.

Golisano Children’s Hospital sponsored an event Thursday designed to allow little patients with big health issues the chance to throw away some of their worries.

“My name is Joshua and I am going to this hospital because I have cancer.”

Joshua’s mom says they just found out a few weeks ago.

He’s surrounded by other parents and their kids like 5-year-old Michelle.

Michelle’s brother Daniel says his little sister has been hospitalized for a year with leukemia.

Child life specialists at the hospital arranged an event where children color designs on parachutes then cast their burdens from the fourth floor. The parachutes symbolize the letting go of their worries and fears.

“It is to signify that the kids can throw away their worries or throw out their wishes and they have a target that they aim for,” said Stacie Kmetz.


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