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Yearly Holiday Door Decorating at New Beginnings Pediatrics  

Patients and Staff Share Spirit of Christmas at New Beginnings Pediatrics!

Going to the pediatrician is about more than having a check-up during Christmas season at New Beginnings Pediatrics. Along with your immunizations or prescriptions, children and their families will get a big dose of the Christmas spirit!

The holiday season flies by at a hectic pace. Starting several years ago, the providers, clinical and office staff  at New Beginnings decided it would be fun to celebrate with a Christmas contest that would involve the children and last through December for all to enjoy. And so the decorating begins ……….

Just after Thanksgiving, each person who works at the office—providers, clinical and clerical staff sign up to decorate an exam room door for Christmas. Through the month of December, each child and sibling who passes through the office take a careful look at each door and vote for his or her favorite. At month’s end, the person whose door received the most votes wins a prize.

The real treat is experiencing the joy on the children’s faces as they tour the office to pick their favorite door. (It takes the edge off the pain of getting shots or being sick!) The kids love participating and so, even while we are at work, Christmas lasts a full month.

Patients start asking about the doors well before Christmas.  We  take the joy to a higher level  and right in our own backyard is a charity that truly embodies the spirit of Christmas. “Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation” is an incredible pediatric cancer charity started in 2007 by a South Elgin family in honor of their son, Cal Sutter, who lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 13.

While the office is very pleased to be able to make a monetary donation to such a worthy cause (half the contest jackpot will donated by the winner!) Even more gratifying is the chance to spread the word about Cal’s Angels to so many families in our corner of the community. Everyone who walks through is thankful to learn about Cal’s Angels, whose mission is “granting wishes and providing financial assistance to kids fighting cancer and their families”.

95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the cause. More than 100 local pediatric cancer patients have had their wishes granted by Cal’s Angels, including family outings to Great America; trips to Cubs and Bears games; laptops to stay connected with school and friends during long hospital stays. In addition, Cal’s Angels has supplied Lurie Children’s (Formally Children’s Memorial Hospital) and Ronald McDonald House with over 1000 Wii, XBOX 360 and other games, and helped struggling families with “countless” mortgage, utility, grocery and medical bills.

At New Beginnings, the doors are decked out—lights, bells and whistles– and the voting gets underway. The children drop their votes into a gold box adorned with an angel and jingle bells. All but the youngest understand that they are participating in something special and that they are helping other children less fortunate than themselves. Our hope is that they and their families will talk about Cal’s Angels with their friends and loved ones after they leave, spreading the good will of Cal and his family far and wide.

Throughout the horrible ordeal that is pediatric cancer, Cal was always more concerned about other children’s well being than his own. His parents have brought his dream to life in our community. As children’s health professionals, we cannot imagine a more amazing legacy for someone whose time here on earth was so brief.

To learn more about Cal’s All-Star Angels, please visit www.calsangels.org