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Hospital Playroom Transformed Into Romantic Restaurant For Parents Of Kids With Bone Marrow Transplants


It was Valentine’s Day with a lot of heart for parents at Duke Children’s Hospital.

Volunteers and staff at Duke Children’s Hospital transformed a playroom into a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday for parents whose children are in the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit.

“It really has become a staple here,” said Family Support Program Director Tracey Wiwatowski. “What really makes it terrific is that it’s this oasis for our families. We transform the connection room into a space you really would never recognize.”

The event was the first chance in months that Ruben and Tanya Young have had to get dressed up together. The couple were high school sweethearts and have been married almost 32 years. Their 14-year-old daughter Tatiana, who received a bone marrow transplant for sickle cell anemia, has been in the hospital more than 100 days, taking the family away from their home in Hampton, VA.

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