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April 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

New cancer and critical-care unit comes to Children’s hospital

New hospital unit will help lift spirits

From left, Tyler Peterson, his nine-year-old son Brandon, and wife Stacy, all of Wenatchee, react at the sight of Brandon's new room in the new cancer and critical care unit of the Building Hope expansion at Seattle Children's Hospital. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

From left, Tyler Peterson, his nine-year-old son Brandon, and wife Stacy, all of Wenatchee, react at the sight of Brandon’s new room in the new cancer and critical care unit of the Building Hope expansion at Seattle Children’s Hospital. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

I believe the new unit is just what Seattle needs in terms of caring for our youth and young adults [“More room for building hope,” NWMonday, April 22].While in the hospital, a part of you is taken away. The sterile rooms and medical equipment put a damper on the young one’s creativity. A piece of adolescence is taken away when one is admitted into the hospital for an extended amount of time.

I believe the addition of a more child-friendly environment will result in many positive outcomes.

As a child that has been in and out of the hospital on multiple occasions, I know how difficult it is to keep fighting in an environment where you are constantly reminded of the negatives.

While these children and young adults fight fatal diseases, it is important to provide an uplifting environment. Bright colors stimulate the brain. Rooms for parents, close by, allow parents to stay by their child’s side. These little details are essential in keeping spirits up and letting the children know that they can keep fighting.

Grace Sutherland, Seattle

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