All proceeds from this years event will be donated to Penn State Children’s Hospital Facility Dog Program. Facility dogs are service dogs professionally trained to work in health care and other settings as an important part of a child’s treatment plan. The Children’s Hospital Facility Dog Program began with the arrival of Kaia in 2016. This team member does more than just cuddle and play fetch - she plays a very important role in Child Life and the entire Children’s Hospital as the hospital’s first-ever facility dog.
Kaia’s primary focus is to assist Child Life Specialists within pediatric radiology and oncology by helping children, teens, and parents cope with hospital procedures and reduce emotional stress. Penn State Children’s Hospital is the first children’s hospital in Pennsylvania to employ a full-time facility dog.
The goal this year is to raise $27,500 in order to place an additional facility dog within the hospital. This is sure to be a special event where everyone can help support and build awareness of the Facility Dog Program in the local community.
Kaia and her handler Ashley
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