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ACC mascots bring smiles and fun to Florida Hospital for Children

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2, 2016 — With the ACC Championship Game in town this weekend, the football conference’s mascots stopped by Florida Hospital for Children this afternoon to bring much-deserved fun to some of the hospital’s youngest patients.

“Especially when I’m in the hospital, it helps a lot,” said Ashley Stocker, one of the patients. “It brings a smile to my face and gets me out of the hospital room. It helps me not think about the procedures and the machines.”

After meeting with several kids and their families as a group, the mascots split off into smaller teams to go room to room for private patient visits. The event included representatives from all 14 of the conference’s universities.

“These are all wonderful kids, and they go through so much every day,” said Dr. David Shook, Medical Director of the hospital’s Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program. “Extraordinary events like this help them take their minds off of their treatments and just be kids for a little while, which is especially important this time of year.”

The Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies will play in the ACC Championship Game at Camping World Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

For media inquiries only, call Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-8217.