LeaP Play

The mission of LeaPplay is to create a fun and comforting playroom for the children who are battling an illness, and ensure that each child who is admitted into The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart has a fun “escape”. The playroom is a place for patients to just be kids. It’s a medical free, safe zone where they get a break from procedures, pokes, doctors, and nurses and just get to be themselves. It’s a place to play with other patients, do an art project, build and explore or even read a book. It a special space just for them to forget about the fact that they are in the hospital and have some fun.


    While on vacation with her family in May, Carolyn Hendrix began complaining of a stomach ache. The day after she returned home, her parents, Jeff and Kathryn Hendrix, took her to her pediatrician who, suspecting appendicitis, sent her for a CT scan. The scan revealed a cancerous tumor around her rib (11 and 12) and pushing against the liver and kidney. The tumor was later diagnosed as Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that occurs either in or around the bones.

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  • Meghan Kamau, Child Life Specialist
    The Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart

    "When children are hospitalized, it is very important to keep up their normal routine and to engage in developmentally appropriate play to help them heal. Playing is what children do to learn about their environment. We are so excited for the LeaP class to redesign our play areas at Children's Hospital! The design provides more functionality for kids of all ages and provides easier access to toys and play spaces for our patients, families and staff. The playroom is place where kids can go and not have to worry about their diagnosis or being "poked" by another needle - its a safe, healing place where no procedures are performed and medical talk is prohibited. Best of all, it provides a welcome change of scenery from their hospital room and gives our patients the chance to do what they do best - just being kids!"    


    When Jovana Rome of Pensacola explained to her 3-year-old son, Jayveon, that he was very sick and had cancer, she told him he would have to "be strong and pull through this. I said, 'You be strong for me and I'll be strong for you," says Jovana.

    Jayveon agreed: "I'm strong!"

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  • "I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!"

    -David Vitter

  • "The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation."

    - Ray Wilbur

  • "Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun."

    - Mignon McLaughlin