Program gives sick children hope during holidays

Posted at 12:18 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 12:18:23-05

A tree lighting ceremony at Women's and Children Hospital gave Lisa Lyons' family a little Christmas spirit.

“It's that little light of hope you see the expression on their face. You stop thinking about everything and enjoy the moment," she said.

The event is sponsored by a group called Stone's Buddies.

“It’s for children some have cancer and others are like Lisa's children who have to frequent the hospital regularly. It was named after a little boy named Stone who was diagnosed with cancer when he was 2,” Director Joanne Lana said.

Lyons has four children and one on the way. Three of those children suffer from a chronic and serious illness.

“They have brain conditions called Chiari Malformation. It's where the brain is too big for the skull so it herniates to the spinal canal at the base of the skull,” Lyons explained.

The family has spent many nights in the hospital after being diagnosed and for treatment, including numerous surgeries.

“It gives us a chance to do things we usually wouldn't do,” Lyons said.

It is events like the tree lighting ceremony on Monday that get the children through tough times but it also helps the families. “Having a friendly face come in and ask how I’m doing and just help the kids, it’s awesome,” Lyons said.

Lyons said there is no cure for so this is a life-long battle for her children. She said the program makes a difference. “It really means a lot having the extra support getting through the tough times."




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