During the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving week, employees from Ventana Medical Systems carved out an afternoon to bring more than 200 Lego® sets to deserving little patients in TMC for Children as part of Children’s Miracle Network. It didn’t take long for kids to emerge from their hospital rooms, and gaze at the stash of Lego® sets before picking the “perfect” one that they could take home.
Ventana employees collected Lego® sets since the beginning of October. Ventana President and CEO Mara G. Aspinall personally helped with the delivery, and TMC President and CEO Judy Rich accepted the donation.
But it was 4-year-old Cody Warren who stole the show.
He picked out a Lego® Star Wars set for himself, and a Lego® Friends set for his sister, who was sleeping in her hospital room.
“We were thrilled when we learned about the Lego® drive that was organized for TMC for Children, Children’s Miracle Network,” said Rich. “It is so important for our young patients to have visits from caring people while they are in the hospital. It helps lift their spirits, which aids in the healing process, and having a new toy to play with provides a distraction that helps them focus on something other than the reason they’re here.”
That was evidenced just a few minutes after the event, when 8-year-old patient Selena Gilley was hard at work in her hospital room diligently following the directions to create her masterpiece.
“Ventana prides itself on being true to our mission to improve the lives of patients,” said Aspinall. “Having the opportunity to meet these young patients in our community and share a toy to help lift their thoughts and spirits, gives me and all Ventana employees great joy.”
All of us at TMC would like to express our thanks to the Ventana employees for their generosity towards our patients.