You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

JUST IN:

8 quirky facts you might not know about Dayton’s suburbs

Splashes of Joy given to Dayton Children’s patients


Healing with happiness may seem like a rather basic concept, but studies have found joy and a positive attitude can not only reduce stress but also can make our bodies heal a bit more quickly.

Julius B. Richmond is FAMRI professor of Child Health and Development at HSPH and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has made a study of children under stress and the effects it has on their health. Reducing stress and bringing a little bit of happiness into a child’s daily life can make a real difference, he says. He should know; he is also a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

In September 2016, A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton (ASW) began a new program, Splashes of Joy, to bring a bit of happiness to the children who have been admitted at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

ASW along with their dedicated volunteers host bingo and delivers special gifts each month to all the children who have been admitted Since its start, ASW has delivered coloring books and crayons, Halloween goodie bags, Santa hats, and colorful blankets. This month, ASW passed out Mylar balloons in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

When speaking with Karen Muller, Child Life manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital, she said, “Whether it’s playing bingo, donating fleece blankets or Mylar balloons, Splashes of Joy is always a bright spot for our patients and their families. It has been a pleasure to have A Special Wish Foundation visit each month and support our patients during their hospital stay with Splashes of Joy!”

Bingo and the delivery of “joy” could not be possible without the dedicated support of the ASW volunteer team. Becky Puff, ASW volunteer ambassador, said, “I am a retired EEG technician and although the procedure is painless, it would require placing 21 electrodes on the child’s head. Many children would have to be restrained in order to properly place the electrodes thus causing additional stress for both the child and the parents. When I volunteer, everyone is happy. Parents like to come in and play Bingo and the kids love the break from their room — and of course the presents are icing on the cake. It’s a very fun and rewarding experience for me.”

Another equally important side of Splashes of Joy is taking care of Wish family members who diligently stay by their child’s side during an extended hospital stay. A lengthy hospital stay is not only taxing on the wish kid but on family members as well. Splashes of Joy provides a break from the day-to-day routines of the hospital stay and provides a little pampering and unexpected joy for the wish kid and/or family members. Through community-wide partnerships with local businesses, ASW provides families with their favorite meal from their favorite restaurants a relaxing spa treatment for mom and dad, or a board game or favorite book. ASW’s Splashes of Joy mission strives to reinvigorate a sense of enthusiasm, optimism, and hope. Through this program, even the smallest gesture helps the children and their families bounce back from a stressful and challenging time spent in the hospital.

To find out more how you can be part of the Splashes of Joy program or helping to make a local child’s very Special Wish come true, go online to www.aspecialwishdayton.org or call 937-23-WISH (9674.)

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton Chapter is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region. For more information on how you can be part of granting a local child’s wish, go online to www.aspecialwishdayton.org.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Pike County murders: Reward for killers increases slightly
Pike County murders: Reward for killers increases slightly

The reward for information leading to arrests in the Pike County murders of eight people slightly increased in the two months since authorities asked the public for help raising money. The reward — set at $10,000 before the request — is now $11,365. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s spokesman, Dan Tierney, confirmed the reward&rsquo...
Court date delayed for Hamilton teen accused in father’s death
Court date delayed for Hamilton teen accused in father’s death

A juvenile court hearing for a 14-year-old girl charged with aggravated murder — accused of shooting her father to death —has been continued until later this summer. The teen was scheduled to appear before Butler County Juvenile Judge Kathleen Romans on Tuesday, but the pre-trial hearing has been moved to Aug. 3, according to Rob Clevenger...
Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building
Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building

Middletown is planning to build a new storage building to replace one that was destroyed in a storm last year. City Council approved an emergency ordinance for $55,890 for the purchase and installation of a pole barn at Lefferson Park. MORE: Middletown council wants more spending for public safety, jobs City Manager Doug Adkins said plans are to replace...
Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday
Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday

After the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, the Vectren Dayton Air Show saw a significant drop in spectator attendance compared to years past. While the Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both...
Report: Uber driver robbed after collision
Report: Uber driver robbed after collision

DAYTON — A local Uber driver was robbed at gunpoint after a vehicle collision in the 1700 block of Vancouver Drive on Sunday, according to a city police report. Dayton police were dispatched around 12:24 a.m. for a aggravated robbery complaint.  The Uber driver told police he was traveling on Vancouver Drive to pick up a customer...
More Stories