Sick kids get a place to play

By Michael Sorba, Community News Staff Writer

Click on image to view largerAn inscription on the wall of the newly redesigned playroom in the Hematology/Oncology unit of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital reads, "Thank you Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation for making our playroom so beautiful."

For so long, the children that call the Hematology/Oncology unit home were stuck with a plain, lifeless, gray and white playroom. Now, those days are no more.

On Nov. 29 a new, vibrant playroom was opened thanks to $25,000 from the Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation and $35,000 from the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

"I never assumed or imagined it would be like this," remarked Fred Chisholm. "Debbie would be thrilled if she saw this playroom today." Fred's daughter Debbie was stricken with brain cancer at only 12 years old. Before she passed away in 1994, one of her wishes was to help other children who were stricken with serious illnesses.

With the blessing of her parents, Fred and Elaine Chisholm, philanthropist Corky Bell started the Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation one month after her death to honor her last wish.

Since then, Debbie's foundation has raised over $1,000,000 and granted over 370 wishes to children with serious or terminal illnesses in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Trips to Europe and Hawaii, Toys-R-Us shopping sprees, and visits to Disney World are just a few of the wishes fulfilled over the years.

The new playroom is one more wish granted, giving the children of the Hematology/Oncology unite a place to forget about their conditions and simply do the things kids do.

 

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