Even the best of hospitals can be depressing places, especially for children who require frequent treatment.
So Danielle Dorsey and her sister Brittany, who has cerebral palsy and was hospitalized for related health issues as a youth, wanted to offer some cheer to sick kids. They put their heads together with good friend Glen Hurt and decided to collect toys, clothes and games for pediatric patients at Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn.
The trio is holding a fundraiser July 20, 7 to 11 p.m. at TR's Pub, 3908 W. 111th St. in Chicago, to collect items.
While Danielle Dorsey does not have cerebral palsy, she said it was heartbreaking to watch her sister in the hospital. Brittany Dorsey was born at Advocate Christ Medical Center and spent time at Children's Hospital for both appointments and hospitalizations. They both live in Orland Park.
"The hardest part was knowing she would be there alone," said Danielle, whose mom always stayed with Brittany as long as possible. "Hospitals are just so sad in general, and when you know somebody in there, it's always so much harder."
For the past four years, they have been taking presents to sick kids, though they have held fundraisers for only the past two years. Any kids able to get out of bed can come to a family room at the hospital and "kind of go on a little shopping spree," said Danielle.
Hurt, a U.S. Army specialist sergeant who is stationed in Georgia but always attends, came up with idea of taking the gifts to the hospital. Other soldiers also attend and socialize.
"They come meet the kids and take pictures," said Danielle. "It's really cool."
The trio hopes to help other local hospitals in the future, which they noted don't get as much attention as some of the larger medical centers.
For more information about the fundraiser, call 708-497-5906, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or see facebook.com/OperationHope2010.