Hazel Hill, age 9, a day without doctors is a good day. As a 2-year-old, she
was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that affects the whole
body but is most known by sufferers’ frequent lung infections and severe
“I really like the nurses that take care of me: Noelle, Misty, Mandy, Evie and Melanie,” the fourth-grader said. “I also like seeing Dr. Gwinn and Dr. Abrams, and Memory, my Child Life specialist. They are all so kind to me, especially Memory, when I was nervous before my surgery.”
This year, community support through Children’s Hospital Radiothon provided a surgery teaching doll to help children such as Hazel. Child Life specialists use medical play to ease children’s fears by educating them about surgical procedures in a way they can see and understand. Many of the items purchased with funds raised by Radiothon are for that purpose.