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Fall Festival brings the holiday to Florida Hospital for Children patients

ORLANDO, Fla. Oct. 31, 2016 — A lion. A mermaid. At least two ninja turtles. Florida Hospital for Children patients who won’t be able to go door-to-door with friends tonight had the holiday come to them in a laugh- and music-filled Fall Festival.

The afternoon event with kids and hospital staff included games, face painting and plenty of candy. Costumes were donated by hospital employees and the community. Even the pet therapy dogs got dressed for the occasion.

“The Fall Festival reminds the children than even though they have diabetes, or cancer or whatever illness they’re going through, that they can still be a child and play, laugh and smile during the holidays,” said Meagan Krizek, who coordinates volunteers and special events for Florida Hospital for Children, and who was decked out as a watermelon for the party.

Suehaylee Benitez, whose young daughter is a patient in the hospital, was thankful to the nurses, specialists and others who came together to make the afternoon a reality.

“I love that they love what they do,” said Benitez. “They look excited, and the make them feel special, no matter what. I am beyond grateful for them.”

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