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Raising Hope with Waldo


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HEIDI PRESCOTT / BEACON HEALTH SYSTEM

Jason Haney knows how particularly bleak an extended stay in a hospital can be for a child. At three years old his own daughter endured an extended hospital stay after suffering a pediatric stroke. Now the construction worker is doing his part to lighten the load for a whole hospital’s worth of kids as they stare excitedly out their hospital room windows. 

Haney and his hard-hatted colleagues are building out the massive $50 million extension to Memorial Children’s Hospital, but he’s not too busy to see to it every day that the recovering kids in the hospital next door have something to occupy and delight them. 

That “something” is an 8’ tall, hand-painted plywood Waldo. Where is he today? Hundreds of young patients awaken every morning looking forward to finding out. Read more...

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