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Smile Cart to lift spirits of children battling illness at Tift Regional
12/21/2016

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Pediatrics floor at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) received a donation to lift the spirits of sick children.

A “Smile Cart” has been donated to the TRMC Foundation by the late Janis Roberts, in honor of her cousin, Dale Broome, who is a Physician Assistant at the Anita Stewart Oncology Center in Tifton. The Smile Cart was purchased from The Jester and Pharley Phund, a charitable organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and other serious illnesses with the inspiration of David Saltzman's award-winning book, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.

“David wrote and illustrated The Jester as his senior project at Yale University before his death from Hodgkin's disease in 1990. His desire was to give The Jester, with its upbeat and hopeful message, to children facing serious challenges. Today our promise to fulfill his wish remains our commitment,” states The Jester and Pharley Phund.

The organization offers many services to children battling cancer and other serious illnesses, including literacy programs and other special projects. One of the projects is The Smile Cart, aimed to make laughter a part of the healing process in hospitals, clinics and shelters. The Smile Cart activity center with audio-visual equipment includes Jester & Pharley books and dolls for patients. Each cart is equipped with a TV, a DVD player, and a Radio-CD-Tape Unit. Also included with the cart are Jester books, Jester & Pharley Dolls, Bookmarks and Jester & Pharley PhunBooks.

“The mobile humor cart helps provide diversion from pain while giving young patients emotional support with Jester & Pharley books and dolls,” states The Jester and Pharley Phund.

TRMC is one of 35 other hospitals across the nation who benefit from a Smile Cart. The cart will be utilized by TRMC pediatric staff for any child who could benefit from its services.

“We are so thankful that Janice chose to honor Dale in this special way. I know The Smile Cart is going to bring joy to our pediatric patients during their stay at TRMC and are so appreciative of this meaningful gesture,” states Mandy Brooks, Director of the TRMC Foundation.

To learn more about The Jester and Pharley fund or Tift Regional Medical Center, visit www.thejester.org or www.tiftregional.com.

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