The Child Life Zone

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We had the privilege to attend a fundraising event May 17, 2013 for Teammates for Kids Foundation. This event raised money for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Child Life Zone. Their St. Paul hospital will begin breaking ground for this fabulous facility in October 2013.  This will be the ninth facility built in the United States.

A Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area inside a hospital where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax. A sanctuary. A place to learn. A hang-out. A game center. A place to be the star of your own show. A place to connect. A place where a kid can be a kid.

Each zone is staffed by child life specialists, certified professionals who help children and their families cope with difficult medical challenges through play, education, and self-expression. Child life specialists teach patients about their illness and what to expect during treatment, and they provide support to patients and their families before, during, and after procedures.

Erin Mastro, Lori Lorence, Chad Boger, and Missy Merges were in attendance at this event.  The highlights were many during this fantastic night.  Garth Brooks sang and told stories to the audience for close to 2 hours, plus his lovely wife Trisha Yearwood joined in a couple of duets and one solo performance.  We all had the opportunity to personally meet, talk and take a photo with Garth and Trisha.  We all look forward to receiving those pictures soon as Missy already has  a photo frame for Garth on her desk!

If you would like more information on this wonderful foundation please visit