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LMHS, stores support child life programs

October 9, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announces it has begun its annual partnership with Spirit of Halloween stores.

Now through Oct. 20, the stores will give 10 percent of each purchase back to the Child Life Department at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida when customers present a special coupon at checkout.

Along with helping local children, the coupon will saves the customer 10 percent off each purchase.

Participating locations include Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton.

A key component of pediatric care at Golisano Children's Hospital is the Child Life Program, which is designed to help children understand and cope with their medical treatment.

The goal is to make a child's treatment experience as positive and stress-free as possible.

Child Life specialists work with children, families, medical staff and the entire healthcare team in the treatment of young patients.

The goal is to minimize the stress of a hospital experience through the following services: pre-admission and pre-surgical tours; age-appropriate activities in the playroom, teen lounge and bedside; preparation for medical tests, procedures and surgeries; educational services, including coordination of homebound/hospital teaching and a school re-entry program; special events for fun and learning such as pet therapy, clowns and more; as well as planning birthday and holiday celebrations.

Providing a sense of normalcy for children who are coping with serious health issues is important to their treatment and recovery.

The community can access the special coupon by downloading it online at:

For more information on the special offer or the partnership, call the LMHS Foundation at (239) 343-6950.



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