Why I Support Children’s Hospital Colorado

By Shannon Patilla, Miss Colorado

Thursday, May 25 2017

Miss CO

Children’s Hospital Colorado holds a very special place in my heart because it combines several of my personal passions: kids, healthcare and volunteerism. 

Long before becoming Miss Colorado, I volunteered in the 9th floor activity room at Children’s Colorado. It was there that I began to understand the importance of non-medical resources for patients and their loved ones.  The reality is, hospitals are oftentimes associated with fear, pain, illness and the unknown.  Children’s Colorado has an incredible way of temporarily removing those concerns by giving patients the space and opportunity to play games, do arts and crafts, win prizes and, above all, enjoy being a kid. 

As Miss Colorado, I have had the privilege of volunteering alongside the wonderful staff of Seacrest Studios, the hospital’s in-house radio studio, where each and every team member is dedicated to creating an uplifting, fun environment for patients and their families.  I truly believe in the healing effects of positivity, and that’s exactly what the volunteers at Children’s Colorado strive to provide. 

The medical staff work tirelessly to care for these young patients, and they greatly contribute to the hopeful and supportive place that is Children’s Colorado.  There is a cohesive climate of positivity throughout the entire hospital, and I’m honored to even be a fraction of that.

It does the heart good to know that in a place where medical conditions are a very real concern for patients and their families, laughter, fun and joy still exist.

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