Project Night Lights creates magical distraction for patients


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The people who take part in Project Night Lights outside Helen DeVos Children's Hospital each month may not be able to see the little faces peering through the hospital windows, but experiencing the pure happiness happening inside a patient room proves the love and support is appreciated.

Silent Observer partnered with the Child Life Program at the hospital over the summer to remind families the community is thinking of them. With the help of local law enforcement, businesses and community members, Project Night Lights has quickly become a tradition the second Wednesday of each month. 

24 Hour News 8 had the opportunity to experience the magic along Michigan Street in Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile from a patient room this month. 

"To be honest, this is a terrible situation," Sarobi Walsh said of her 2-year-old, Kinsleigh, recovering from open heart surgery at the hospital. "It's nothing that anybody wants to be in. Anything that anyone can do to make it a little more enjoyable is really wonderful."

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