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s p ec i a l a dv e rto r i a l because it was all so new,” laughs Kathy. Other grandparents have made the journey from Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, New York, or further even, to reunite as a family in Baltimore. To Sheila Settles, whose grandson Caden stayed at the Children’s House while receiving treatment for Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes organs and bones to grow at an abnormally fast rate, stepping in as a primary caretaker when medical crises strikes comes with being a good grandmother. “Since he was born, I would take off work in a minute. Whatever was needed done at the house, I would do it,” says Settles, who also fills in as Mom to give Caden’s parents some alone time amidst hospital visits. Another unique form of family healing performed by grandparents: keeping siblings of critically ill children a part of the family in times that they often feel neglected. Grandparents readily watch siblings of sick children, while in Baltimore at The Children’s House or back home. They take siblings for walks in the park, to visit animals at the zoo, or simply keep them occupied with board games and cards so that they are not consumed with worry about their brother or sister in the hospital. “I could never have done it without them,” says Molly Klimas of Sammy’s grandparents on both sides of the family. For the Klimas’, also, Ben’s mother, Susan Sharp, stepped in as a family counselor when hospital visits split the family in two. “My mother-in-law worked at keeping my husband and me on the same page,” says Molly. “I give her credit for keeping my marriage together.” Grandparents like Susan do all this while buying groceries, cooking meals, providing transportation, and watching their family face what may be the most difficult situation of their lives. “In some ways the diagnosis is harder on the grandparent because they’re seeing their kid go through it and their grandkid,” says Molly. Families staying at The Children’s House say grandparents serve all of these diverse roles while providing a fresh energy and positive outlook. And usually, they begin to develop a new closeness with their family. Says Kathy McMahon: “It’s a positive experience in a bad situation.” It’s hard to think of grandparents and not imagine smiling, happy grandchildren. The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House staff see a more serious picture, but not necessarily a foreboding one. While providing extensive physical and emotional support to everybody at The Children’s House, visiting grandparents excel at what grandparents love to do: to love their family. Believe In Tomorrow and the Children’s House at John Hopkins welcome donations, both monetary and in-kind. 94 percent of every dollor goes directly to programs benefiting critially ill children. For more information about Believe In Tomorrow programs and how to donate or volunteer, please visit www.believeintomorrow.org or call 800-933-5470 JUNE 2009 GRAND 19
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - GRAND Finale
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