There are times in your life when you feel fortunate and humbled at the same time. Our visit to The National Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC was one of those occasions. We are fortunate that our children are healthy and not undergoing treatments that many of the children at the hospital have to endure. We are fortunate to have experienced the hospital as visitors and not as parents or friends of a patient staying at the hospital. As a result of our contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network we were able to have a VIP tour of the hospital. It is an amazing facility that provides unbelievable care to children for any reason regardless if they have insurance or not.
What immediately struck me was the kindness of the staff from the valet parker to our tour guide Milton to our liaison, Kimberly Lane. They all truly appear to love their job. Next was the color scheme and design features of the floors we visited. The design feature input was made by the families and children who had to have a stay at the hospital. Bright colors, balloons, and vibrantly colored floors and walls highlighted each floor and gave the appearance of no other hospital.
The art room is another aspect that helped bring a new appreciation of what the children who stay at the hospital have to endure make this facility a special one. The children can do art projects to help them escape their current situation and help aid them in their healing process. In addition to the art room are the playrooms they make available to the children so they can seek solace and “get away” from the hospital staff in a fun environment.
The hospital rooms offer as much privacy as possible and are designed with three separate sections – medical, patient and family areas. They are designed to make the stay more comfortable for all involved. There are also separate “family” areas as well as laundry facilities available so parents can remain close to their children while allowing them to get some time out of the hospital room.
The wall of encouragement is what had the biggest impact on me. The wall features photos of former patients that told their story, what impacted them most about their stay at the hospital, what the current patients can do stay positive and lastly, who is their inspiration and why. It was a very moving experience to read how these children coped with their conditions and made their stay a success to help the others become success stories as well.
All in all, it was a great experience and one that I am proud to be a part of by contributing a portion of each sale to CMN and encouraging our agents to do the same. We highly encourage doing all that you can by helping support us in this cause – one visit to the hospital will get you hooked. As discussed at our Quarterly Meeting in December, all of our Chili Cook-off donations will go to support CMN as well. As we expand offices, we will be doing soup cook-offs, barbeque cook-offs and other cooking competitions to support this cause so please let us know your thoughts on how we can make these events even better and well attended. Get it? Got it? Good!
Now, go sell something – so you can make a contribution!