Special trick-or-treating offered for children at Memorial Hospital

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

After all, thousands of kids across the area are canvassing neighborhood streets, trick-or-treating for candy. But not every child is so lucky.

The Pediatric Wing at Memorial Hospital is home to about 25 patients at any given time. That of course includes holidays, like Halloween, a tough night to miss for any kid. Staff members setup an indoor trick-or-treating route for its youngest patients to explore.

The party started on the sixth floor but moved to treat stops at various departments all across the building.

Some kids had the strength to walk or be wheeled around, and for those that didn't, the Notre Dame Leprechaun hand delivered the goods.

Among the trick-or-treaters at Memorial was nine-year-old Jada Lenoir of Michigan City. Jada suffers from sickle cell disease, and is hospitalized about half-a-dozen times a year for piercing pain in her legs.

“Yeah a little bit because when I was in the hospital, because I didn't know that they had this and I thought I'd just be stuck in a bed all day," says Jada Lenoir who suffers from sickle cell disease.

Jada's mom and dad expect to take home their third grader by Thursday. The hard reality however, there is no cure for sickle cell disease, and so, they know they'll be back.


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