KXLY 4 Extreme Team, Children’s Miracle Network spread cheer

KXLY 4 Extreme Team, Children’s Miracle Network spread cheer
Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Director of Family Support Services Kirsten Carlile explains how the hospital uses toys and prizes for children undergoing treatment. 

Cowley Park’s transformation into a winter wonderland started over the weekend and will continue through this week in Spokane. Mark Peterson and the KXLY 4 Extreme Team returned this year with big plans and somehow, even more lights.

Volunteers are setting up thousands of lights and decorations to brighten the spirits of patients who have to spend the holiday season at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Children’s Miracle Network is one of the organizations helping with the KXLY 4 Extreme Team’s project this year. It’s just one of the ways that CMN works to make sure the holidays are bright for patients.

CMN is known for providing comfort, treatment and hope to children. Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Director of Family Support Services Kirsten Carlile explained that while the hospital’s toy room is full now, by the start of the new year, they’ll need more donations.

CMN and Providence Health Care Foundation work to make sure are enough poke prizes and birthday gifts to go around, but they rely on community support to make it happen. Carlile said play is an important part of a child’s treatment plan.

“You want to meet them where they’re at and you don’t want it to be scary, but at the same token, we have to treat their medical condition. So, how do we make sure they’re a part of that journey and process the whole way through?” Carlile said.

Children do arts and crafts, spend time with their families, and enjoy some traditional Christmas traditions while they’re at Sacred Heart. Last year, the KXLY 4’s Extreme Team light display at Cowley Park was a huge hit.

“It was so fun. You never know what to expect or what’s going to happen. We had kids on the balcony and in their rooms. We had families out on our parking garage, all looking down onto the lighting ceremony and it was amazing,” Carlile said.

Carlile also said that support from the community is vital to help make miracles happen.

“It shouldn’t hurt to be a kid and so we just want to make sure that our community gets to be involved in helping them heal in a very unique way,” Carlile said.

You can purchase gifts from the hospital’s Amazon wish list or by making a monetary donation.