Each year there are more than 13,000 children diagnosed with cancer. Sometimes it's nice for these children to get the chance to be a kid, and Sunday patients of WVU Children's Hospital got that chance.
WVU Children's Hospital's Cure Kids Cancer Fund put together a holiday bowling party.
Tiffney Batton is the mother of Endsley, who had a form of soft tissue cancer on her bladder, but is healthy now.
"It's a good way for all of the patients current and past to be able to get together and spend some time talking to each other," Batton said. "You get to meet other parents that are similar to the situation as you were in, and able to give them some advice or if you're on the other end be able to ask some advice from the other parents that have been there where you're at now."
The Cure Kids Cancer fund helps raise money so that the hospital can have parties where doctors and patients can interact and have a good time.
WVU medical students also volunteered their time to come to the party. They said this is an important part of their learning.
"Along with the knowledge we need to be professionals it's bed side manner, and just being able to interact with patients and empathy is right up there and just as important as all the class work we're doing," said Peter Farjo, a WVU Medical student. "I think this is a great opportunity for the students."
Hospital staff said it's important to let patients and their families see the doctors outside of the treatment setting. Batton agrees that it's a nice way to get everyone together to share their thoughts.
"Just to let the parents know that there is hope and this situation isn't going to last forever and to take the good with the bad. You have to make a new normal is what we said for Endlsey," Batton said.
The Cure Kids Cancer Fund will be selling cards that some of the patients made to raise money for more events like this one.