TUCSON, Ariz. – Members from the UA football team are kicking off Homecoming weekend by visiting pediatric patients at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s on Friday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. They will distribute toys and jars full of goodies assembled by volunteers of SHINE ON Tucson.
“Our patients love being visited by members from the UA athletic teams,” says Sarena Rogers, a Diamond Children’s child life specialist. “The visits from the UA athletes and the gifts from SHINE ON Tucson, lift the spirits of our patients, which is so important to the healing process.”
“These jars are hugs from the community – we want the children and families to know they are not alone, and that members of the Tucson community are thinking about them and giving them something unexpected to smile about,” says Janey Russell, founder of SHINE ON Tucson.
SHINE ON Tucson partners with UA student-athletes to visit patients and distribute jars on a monthly basis.