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Elmo and Friends’ Visit Makes CHKD Patients Smile

Author: Elizabeth McDougall
Published Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Sesame Street Magic Brightens Patients' Day

Elmo and his friends came all the way from Sesame Street to share hugs and high-fives with our patients and families. The characters from Sesame Street Live! were in town preparing for their upcoming Norfolk show at Ted Constant Convocation Center April 12 and 13.

Giggles and cheers rang from the CHKD playroom as patients, families, and staff enjoyed a special pre-show experience with Elmo and his friends during a private production organized just for them.

Being in the hospital isn’t any fun, but a visit with Elmo and his friends helped make the day a little brighter.

“Seeing our kids smile is exactly why this visit with Elmo, and similar visits, are so special,” said Shannon Hood, CHKD’s child life manager. “He allowed the kids to escape therapy, treatment, medicine, and pain for a brief period of time. All I could do was stand back and watch the patients laugh and smile. Job well done, Elmo!”

If you would like to see Elmo and his friends, you can catch them April 12 and 13 during their production of Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Tickets are available online or by calling (800) 745-3000. You can also purchase them at the Constant Convocation Center box office.

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About Elizabeth McDougall

Elizabeth McDougall has been a part of CHKD’s marketing and public relations team for five years and lives in Virginia Beach with her teenage daughter Morgan. She manages and monitors CHKD’s primary social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and works closely with a number of departments at CHKD, including development and child life. Prior to CHKD, she was a web producer at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse and held a similar position at WAVY-TV 10 in Hampton Roads prior to that.