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Anytime I walk through the doors at Children’s Hospital LA, I am overwhelmed by the healing environment created for the children. The attention to detail is superb. The lobby is welcoming. The gardens are decked out for the season, and you’re even greeted by a hungry, green caterpillar guiding you to get information.
A Galactic Playground thanks to Duracell
During the holiday season, Children’s Hospital becomes even more special. This year, thanks to Duracell, Children’s Hospital LA has been transformed into a galactic playground to help the children better tap into the healing power of their imagination. What type of playground? A Star Wars: Rogue One playground of course!
In partnership with Lucasfilm, Duracell created an experience for the patients at CHLA that was totally immersive. Duracell built a special Galactic Cinema to showcase multiple screenings of an episode of Star Wars Rebels to the children. Inside, the walls were lined with lights to look like stars. With their imaginations powered up, the kids could pretend they were on the Millenium Falcon.
The children met with their favorite Star Wars characters like R2D2, Obi Wan Kenobi and other Jedi, an X Wing Fighter Pilot, Stormtroopers and of course, Darth Vader. The fan-favorites even made special bedside visits as well.
But what would make a day like this complete?
Join the rebellion to fight the Dark Side.
The highlight of the day was when the kids were handed lightsabers from Hasbro and given lessons on how to become a Jedi. And excel, they did.
The kids at CHLA are natural Jedi. They know how to fight. They face scary things every single day. #DuracellPowersPlayClick to tweet
You see, these kids already know how to fight. They stand up to things most of us never dream of every single day. The Force is strong with them. They are natural Jedi, and their mastery of The Force was quick.
The Battle Begins
The children trained with Obi Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Knights prior to partaking in an epic light saber face off with Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers on CHLA’s bridge across Sunset Boulevard. The face off was so epic, that the Los Angeles Police Department had to shut down the block.
Led by R2D2 and Obi Wan Kenobi, the brave new Jedi warriors rushed into the face off to conquer the Empire.
And Los Angeles was there to support them. Dozens of people stood in the middle of Sunset Blvd. to watch the brave Jedi take down the forces of evil. Cheers went up all around when the children defeated Darth Vader and lifted their light sabers in salute to their fans below.
The children’s joy was contagious and spread throughout all of those who shared the experience with them. My spirits were soaring.
What a wonderful afternoon! It was like being a kid all over again as I experienced the joy of some of the kids at Children’s Hospital meet the classic characters from Star Wars. They trained as Jedi and had an epic light saber battle. All of this was possible because of @Duracell’s commitment to support the healing power of imagination. Duracell realizes that imagination can be the BEST medicine for kids- mentally, emotionally and physically. And today proved their point by sharing the joy. Duracell has donated 1 million batteries to 146 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. Bring on the holiday toys! They are ready! Check out my Instagram story to see some more photos from today. It will be on the blog in a few days too. #DuracellPowersPlay #ad
The Galactic Playground is amazing, but Duracell didn’t just stop there. To make sure that the hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network are able to power their play this holiday season, Duracell donated 1,000,000 batteries! Yes, that’s 1 MILLION BATTERIES! Can you imagine how many batteries that would be?
The batteries were shipped earlier this month to 146 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so that they will arrive in time for the festivities. When one hospital worker found out about the donation, she exclaimed, “Hooray! We go through a lot of batteries! Duracell just saved Christmas!”
Duracell is truly on a mission to power imagination for those who need it most. Ramon Velutini, Vice President of Marketing at Duracell said, “After our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital visits, we learned that kids are in need of batteries to power their toys which inspired us to make a donation to CMN Hospitals nationwide.”
Why Duracell’s Support of Children’s Hospital is Important
— Duracell (@Duracell) December 9, 2016
“Just look at that smile. This kid is really sick and hasn’t smiled in days!”
When you hear someone at Children’s Hospital tell you these stories, you know why it’s important to support them financially and with donations like Duracell’s. 62 kids enter a CMN hospital every day. One out of every ten kids is treated in a Children’s Hospital.
Children need imaginative play to help them to heal emotionally, mentally and physically, particularly during the holidays. #DuracellPowersPlayClick to tweet
When you think about a hospital stay, you think about going there to heal. And a lot of factors go into creating good health and wellness. The children need imaginative play to help them to heal emotionally, mentally and physically, particularly during the holidays. And much of that isn’t covered by insurance.
So much of what the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals do depends on your donations. “Duracell’s campaign is a great service to our mission of raising funds and awareness for our member hospitals which serve 10 million sick and injured children across the country,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He continues, “For thousands of young patients, the donation of batteries will power countless hours of imagination, which has been proven to ease stress and anxiety order ativan no prescription during the healing process.”
As a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, CHLA is committed to improving its patients’ stays by offering fun and creative activities in addition to world-class treatment. “Our patients were thrilled Duracell hosted an epic Star Wars experience, reminding them to find the ‘Force’ within themselves as they heal,” said Dawn Wilcox, Vice President Corporate Partnerships of CHLA.
And find The Force, they did. And you can too. You can aid the rebels this holiday season as well when you visit Duracell.com to learn more about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
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About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. For more information, visit www.CHLA.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or visit our blog: www.WeAreChildrens.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.
About “Star Wars: Rogue One”
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.