On April 13 pediatric cancer patients receiving treatments at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston were in for a real treat, thanks to the hospital’s relationship with local nonprofit, KidsRStrong2 (KRS2). KRS2, an organization that supports children with life-threatening conditions, enlisted the help of top Houston event planning firm, Chloe Cook Events, who unselfishly gave of their time and skills to assist with the planning and execution of the KRS2 Eggstravaganza for the patients.
At 11:30 a.m. on the dot, children and families began flooding the Pedi Dome, which is where the event was held at the hospital. As the patients anxiously entered the doors to the room their faces immediately lit up with smiles. Even children who were experiencing pain, had the opportunity to focus on something positive and fun for the moment.
Children in attendance participated in an array of activities, including an egg hunt, face-paintings, arts and crafts, games, and dancing, as well as fun with the Easter Bunny, and even a stilt walking butterfly. Lunch was provided for the families, thanks to an H-E-B sponsorship and local caterer A Private Invitation Catering. In addition children, along with their family members had fun with the photo booth, which was provided courtesy of Snapped by Nicole, and even took home memorabilia in the form of caricature drawings of themselves. The artwork was donated by Honest Art, a local Houston artist. Family portraits and photos of the event were captured by Pharris Photography.
The celebration was coordinated in an effort to provide an outlet for the young patients and their families, during an extremely difficult time in their lives.
“Normalcy is essential to the healing process. Pediatric cancer patients are children first, and they need opportunities to just be kids. That’s why at KRS2 we strive to provide those experiences,” Gamble said. Our main goal in all that we do is to simply be a blessing to others, and this event was just one more way for us to do so.”
Vendors that graciously stepped up to assist with the event were: Chloe Cook Events, Pharris Photos, Ha Ha Entertainment, Signature Eventx, Snapped by Nicole, Little Seaters, Lili’s Balloon Decorations, Honest Art, Table Talk Treats, Cake by Gia Genea, Riley’s Flower Garden and Party Presentation.
“We are so thankful for the support of the numerous businesses and organizations that stepped up and provided services free of charge, to ensure that the patients had an outstanding time. Without the help of many this event would not have been possible,” Gamble said.
Joshua Farris of Pharris Photography mentioned, “We all came here to be a blessing, and left feeling blessed.”
Many hospital executives and staff members attended and expressed their support and sincere appreciation throughout the event. The consensus… they were all very happy with the outcome and look forward to continuing to partner with KRS2 for the benefit of the young patients.
To learn more about KidsRStrong2 and how you can support children with life-threatening illnesses, visit www.krs2.org.