The Utica Comets spread some holiday cheer this week as they visited the Pediatric Unit at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System. Griffen Molino and Zack MacEwen were there to visit with patients and pass out gifts to those who are receiving care during the holidays.
"Spending time in the hospital, especially during such a joyful time of year, is hard. The visit from the Comets gave our young patients a moment of relief and happiness, and we are so thankful that they came," said Lesa Steele, nurse manager for Maternal Child Services at MVHS.
While visiting, the boys ran into one of their biggest (littlest) fans, Jack Gehringer, 4, who was inpatient and unable to attend Wednesday or Friday’s games.
“Being in the hospital with a sick little one is stressful especially at Christmas, however when Jack, 4, heard the Comets were there to visit it was his lucky day being an avid Comet’s fan,” said Kim Gehringer, Jack’s mother and a Comets season ticket member.
“The visit was the first time he perked up smiled since he first got sick earlier in the week.” “It’s nice to get out and be able to spread some love to these kids, especially during the holidays”, said Molino.
The Pediatric Unit cares for children age 17 and younger in a family-friendly environment. The 14-bed unit includes both private and semi-private rooms, as well as isolation rooms.
Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Foundation is proud to be a member hospital of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). CMN is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals worldwide. Countless individuals, organizations and media partners unite with our CMN to help sick and injured children in our community.