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Adina L.

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Review for Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For a sick child in the hospital, their minds are occupied with when their next scan or poke is going to be, and perhaps weighing more heavily, is when they will get to play next. As the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Certified Child Life Specialist at Sinai Hospital, my role is comprised of two important aspects: normalizing the hospital experience for children and ensuring they are coping well with their treatment. As I provide support to children with cancer and blood disorders I carry the mission of MCCF with me: "It's not just about the medicine." When a 3-year-old patient is admitted for treatment, I make it my goal to help her play as much as possible. When an eight-year-old patient needs an NG tube to get valuable calories and nutrition, I am there with her to remind her she can accomplish this difficult task and help her cope with the procedure. When a family is rushed to the hospital with no time to pack necessities, I am there with the Mattie Miracle Family Snack Cart to provide comfort with candy, snacks, and toiletries. My day fluctuates between playing and painting, preparing and providing coping skills. Mattie Miracle reminds me that the psychosocial needs of children are just as, if not more, important than the medical care they receive to ensure they grow up healthy and happy.

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vsardi (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Adina, we are honored to be working with you! You are the perfect representative of Mattie Miracle at the Hospital, as you embody our mission with each and every patient and family you support. Thank you for choosing the child life professional and our Mattie Miracle position. Together we are making the Mattie Miracles possible!