We’ve released $375 to support Community Pediatric Surgeons’ “Surgery Buddy” program that helps children needing surgery understand what to expect. The dolls allow hands-on medical play during a pre-op clinic visit. Surgical Staff are able to show the child where a bandage or stitch may be located following the procedure. And, they use the dolls to demonstrate how equipment may be used, and how the child might feel after surgery.

The program also gives kids a chance to express their emotions, ask questions, gain a sense of control and find comfort before and after surgery.

The “Surgery Buddies” are hand-made by hospital volunteers.