Halloween is usually a time when kids run the neighborhood going from house to house. But for some children that's not possible because they're too sick. However, Rockford Memorial Hospital makes sure the kids there don't miss out.
"I want to do some games and some other games and I'm not scared of anything," says Taniysjual Elliott, patient.
Taniysjual isn't the only fearless Rockford Memorial pediatric patient ready for fun. The RMH Foundation's ambassadors put on this special Halloween party for the children. It took an extra bit of help to make sure some of the tubes and monitors stayed put.
"There we go."
But the kids dove right into all the fun.
"I made a bracelet," says Taniysjual.
Walt Boothe is an RMH Ambassador. He's been part of this Halloween tradition for almost two decades.
"This year it's a time when there are more children in the pediatric ward sometimes there's very few which is actually better," says Boothe.
But despite all the children who have to stay at the hospital the focus this afternoon is not about being sick but enjoying the moment.
"I try to trick-or-treat them and play some games and have a little fun at a time that is not great in their lives," says Boothe.
"We know that most people don't want to be in the hospital especially children. And when they are here on a special occasion it just kind of adds a little insult to injury. It's nice to know we can come here and do something a little bit special," says Michelle Gorham, RMH Development Foundation, director.
At the end of the day the ambassadors and staff reversed trick-or-treated the children. They went into each room with candy and prizes so even kids who couldn't make it to the party were involved.
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