enCourage programs reach kids facing a variety of health issues – from those receiving chemo treatments in a clinic to those who live with a chronic illness that may not be visible. What they all have in common is that they deserve the same opportunities to laugh, to play, and to have fun – whether they are being treated in the hospital or living with their struggles at home.
Smiles by the Numbers
By providing funding to our pediatric partners, our Pediatric Hospital Support Program encourages healing by allowing them to implement their most critical and crucial programs – addressing the unique needs of their patients.
By giving hospitalized kids a warm, cuddly companion to help them through their stay, our Bears encourage comfort in an otherwise clinical setting. Children see a friend in their smiling faces and medical practitioners see it as a great tool.
Our Hospital Happenings encourage smiles by bringing an array of entertainers – from clowns and musicians to caricature artists and magicians – into the hospital setting, lifting up the much-needed spirits of patients.
Our Escapes encourage families by creating positive memories for parents, children, and siblings through carefree, stress-free activities. Outings help to connect families with other families – and kids to other kids – so they feel less isolated in their medical journeys.
Loaded with games and applications, our Tablets encourage play in the hospital environment – both regular and medical. While Angry Birds seems to be a favorite, medical games allow patients to also learn about their diagnosis and procedures.
Our Care Rooms encourage bravery by turning what is often the scariest environment for a hospitalized child – the treatment room – into an engaging and warm setting, allowing the patient to face painful and uncomfortable procedures with strength.