Each year hundreds of brave little faces must pass through the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick in order to receive Radiotherapy treatment. And for those kids requiring treatment five days a week for up to six weeks, it also becomes like a second home explains the head of Play Therapy at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Janet Burke. However, ToyBox International has been able to make the overall experience a little more palatable.
ToyBox recently supplied additional toys and helped fund a refurbishment of the Kids Cancer Centre wait area, making it a little more enjoyable for patients like Aleisha, pictured and six-year-old Mason. In November last year Mason was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that required him to start undergoing treatment at the Kids Cancer Centre just a couple of weeks later.
Mason’s mother Kimberley says the recent changes to the wait area have helped make the children’s time in the Hospital more comfortable, and the time waiting for appointments go that much faster. “It’s great to have a cheerful looking space for us to wait in, and to have toys to distract him while waiting for our appointment,” she notes.
The refurbishment included a new mountable play panel, a large roadway play mat, preschool postura chairs and a wire bead table, which Janet confirmed made “the environment more child-friendly, providing a safe haven for patients to play in and a fun place for siblings to be”.
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