Washington, D.C. – Washington Mystics players Allison Hightower, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Krystal Thomas spent the afternoon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Aug. 23 visiting pediatric patients who were either hospitalized or receiving out-patient treatment for serious illnesses including cancer. The players passed out goodies including backpacks, water bottles, T-shirts, hats, foam fingers and balloons courtesy of Hope for Henry. Each child they visited received plenty of care, compassion and Mystics swag to help them through their recovery and treatment.
All the patients showed tremendous courage despite what they are going through and maintained a positive outlook throughout the visit. Some even came out of their own room early because they couldn’t wait for the players to stop by. The Mystics players were happy to spend time with each patient as they bonded over their favorite sports, movies and hobbies. Players challenged the smaller kids to “sword fights” with the overly large foam fingers they were giving away, much to the delight of the parents, hospital staff and patients. The Mystics players were amazed by the quality of care, both emotionally and medically, each patient receives and expressed a genuine interest in returning to see their new friends again.
Hope for Henry
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Since 2003, Hope for Henry has improved the lives of more than 16,000 kids and families at Children's National, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and other hospitals around the country.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.
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