National Grand-Prize-Winning Team of Scholastic Media’s ‘BE BIG in Your Community’ Contest Unveils Completed Project at Diamond Children’s

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 1:00pm
TUCSON, Ariz.— Girl Scouts Jennifer O’Neal, Sharon Fass and Lauren Evans will unveil a hospital classroom for young cancer patients at Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center. The project won the $25,000 national grand prize community grant in the Scholastic Media/HandsOn Network 2010 “BE BIG in Your Community” contest.
 
The team used its grant to refurbish and equip a former library and computer room into a classroom/study area for young patients who don’t want to fall behind on their studies while receiving treatment. The project was inspired by a team member’s sister who was formerly a patient in the hospital.
 
The winning team, as well as representatives from Diamond Children’s, will take part in a short ceremony and ribbon-cutting celebration, and will be available for interviews from the media. The classroom will be open for attendee visits.
 
“We are so grateful to Jennifer, Sharon, Lauren, and Scholastic, for this incredible gift,” says Lori Throne, MSN, RN, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at UMC/Diamond Children’s. “This beautifully refurbished room will help our long-term patients stay current with their studies.”
 
Call Lori Throne at 520-270-6183. Please be in the lobby of Diamond Children’s no later than 12:45 so you can be escorted to location of event.