Children's Hospital Helps Young Patients Celebrate America's Birthday with Happy Hats Day

National Happy Hats Day

WHAT: National Happy Hats Day
California hat designer and founder of Happy Hats for Kids will donate hand-made hats to help bring smiles to children’s faces

WHERE: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Meet at the Airplane Entrance at 9:30 a.m. (Please park in Lot 4)

WHEN: July 3rd, 2002
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

WHY: In hopes of bringing smiles to sick children throughout the Fourth of July week, Children’s Hospital will participate in Happy Hats Day. On this day, young patients, their families, and hospital staff will receive red, white and blue felt stovepipe hats designed by California hat designer Sheri Schrier. The nationwide event is taking place in hospitals in all 50 states during the week of July 4th.

WHO: Happy Hats for Kids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring big smiles and happiness to hospitalized children with cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. The gift of a fun, colorful hat helps to raise the spirits and self esteem of young patients by creating joy and laughter throughout the hospital. Happy Hats was founded in 1991 by hat designer Sheri Schrier after the loss of her younger brother, father and grandmother to cancer. Seeing first-hand the physical and emotional trauma caused by chemotherapy and other treatments, Schrier decided to use her own creative talents to make a powerful difference by changing a child’s focus from pain to joy.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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