The Andrew Olson Foundation met with Child Life Services Director at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to see how we could help. One immediate need was for activities for children to do while they receive their chemotherapy at the oncology clinic. It’s not unusual for a visit to last 4-6 hours when a child or teen is receiving chemo. Child Life said that iPads are the favorite pastime among the patients and quickly checked out. Typically there may be 20-30 children receiving chemotherapy on any given day and there are only 5 iPads. Each iPad costs $500 and Children’s Mercy loads special software that is child friendly, age appropriate and with specific safety features for the patients to use. Through the generosity of our supporters, Andrew’s Foundation provided 5 new iPads to Children’s Mercy. Here’s hoping some pediatric patients will have an easier visit!

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