NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Children spending Halloween at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters got quite a treat by way of a parade down the halls of the hospital.
Doctors, nurses and staff say the parade is a chance for kids to be kids even though they are forced to spend the holiday in the hospital.
From Wonder Woman, to lady bugs to Princess Anna and Elsa, children and staff alike are dressed up from head to toe for the holiday.
Jamie Carter is the Director of the Operations for the transport program at CHKD. She says this parade is an amazing way to make the kids feel special.
“There’s a lot of serious things that go on in here, so to take some of that stress away from them and remind them that they are still kids and they still get to have fun [is great] and we get to let our inner child out too,” said Carter.
That includes Chloe Koenig, 10, who was diagnosed with cancer one week ago. Koenig dressed up as a Lego for Halloween, which is a costume that she says she loves.
“Everybody else is happy, and it makes me happy to see everyone else happy,” said Koenig.
Koenig is excited about the parade and stickers and pencils she’s collected. She is also thankful for all of the support she’s received from her parents, her family, classmates, friends and of course, the staff at CHKD.
“You never know how many people care about you until something bad happens,” Koenig said.
Many say the parade is a morale boost, including physician Melissa Mark who dressed as Ursula for Halloween.
“A normal day for kids is Halloween and so if they are going to be in clinic then we are going to have Halloween here,” said Mark.
For Koenig, she feels that way and describes her day in the hospital as just that, “normal.”
“It doesn’t seem like I have cancer, everything seems normal,” Koenig said.