Lily pad project lifting spirits at Diamond Children’s Center

Lily pad project lifting spirits at Diamond Children’s Center
Lily pad (Source: Tucson News Now)
Lily pad (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two Davis-Monthan Air Force Base airmen are helping to put a smile on patients' faces at Diamond Children's Center at Banner University Medical Center.

They have created nearly 40 wooden pallets, which attach to the bottom of IV poles, for kids to sit on.

The "lily pads" are fun for the kids and easy for parents to maneuver. Typically, children are wheelchair bound and have to cart around their IV pole, but the lily pads make everything less cumbersome.

The pads feature cartoon characters, everything from Hello Kitty to Super Mario Brothers.

The airmen make the lily pads to get the kids up and moving and out of their beds, but they do require a lot of time and some pretty expensive materials. They need fiberboard and paint to make more lily pads for the kids at Diamond Children's Center at Banner UMC.

Those interested in helping can send an email to 355wgpa@us.af.mil.

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