2017-05-18 / Front Page

Hurley Children’s Hospital holds Bowlathon in Flushing

By Sam Tunningley


The Miracle Children, all treated successfully at Hurley Children’s Hospital, gathered for a photo shoot at Colonial Lanes on May 17. 
Photo by Sam Tunningley The Miracle Children, all treated successfully at Hurley Children’s Hospital, gathered for a photo shoot at Colonial Lanes on May 17. Photo by Sam Tunningley FLUSHING – Last Friday, staff, parents and community residents bowled the night away at Colonial Lanes in Flushing as part of a benefit to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The “Bowlathon,” now in its twenty seventh year, had two separate times for play – one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. – and each bowler received 2 games, a shoe rental, food and a t-shirt.

Laura Parcels, Director of Child Life Services at Hurley Medical Hospital and one the key organizers for the “Bowlathon,” said the purpose of the Child Department at Hurley is to be a source of comfort in the intimidating atmosphere of a hospital and help the children make peace with upcoming procedures. Some of the ways Parcels communicates include allowing young patients to practice the surgery on a doll and building trust with the kids to make them feel more at home.

“We’re all over the hospital – in the intensive care unit, pediatric care, gastro lab.” said Parcels. “We try to normalize that environment, so they leave the hospital with the right physical and emotional health care.”

Parcels said the unit serves around 900 kids a month.

“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide medical equipment and special programs for all children treated at Hurley Children’s Hospital. Hurley was chosen in 1990 to join the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals because we provide the most outstanding pediatric medical care in a 15 county region, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” said a release for the event. “Hurley provides quality, child-friendly care to every child who needs it. All this is possible through the generosity of countless people throughout Mid-Michigan.”

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