“It’s nice to come out and help them [kids] feel better, give them a little break of what is going on in their lives every day.” -Carmen Brouwer (Wife of Troy Brouwer)
The Washington Capitals’ wives and girlfriends visited Children’s National Medical Center on Monday, April 2, to make Easter and spring-themed arts and crafts with patients (and patients’ siblings) in the hospital’s atrium. This was the Capitals second trip to Children’s National Medical Center this season and their twelfth consecutive season working with Children’s. Caps players Karl Alzner, Jeff Halpern, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble, along with mascot Slapshot, played video games and colored with patients on Feb. 27.
Caps’ better halves Ashley Beagle (Jay Beagle’s wife), Carmen Brouwer (Troy Brouwer’s wife), Mandy Flemmer (Karl Alzner’s fiance), Monika Hybnerova, (Michal Neuvirth’s girlfriend), Cynthia Lavoie (Roman Hamrlik’s wife) and Lindsay MacDonald (Dennis Wideman’s fiance) made tiaras, cards, signs, Easter baskets and other arts and crafts items with kids in the atrium at Children’s National Medical Center.
“Washington Capitals’ wives and girlfriends are here to spend time with kids making arts and crafts and just kind of take their mind off their treatments and other things that they are going through,” said Mark Miller, Communications Director for The Children’s Hospital Foundation.” Miller continued, “We’ve had doctors and nurses tell us that it actually contributes to the healing process to have some fun, do something different or see people they admire, whether its the wives and girlfriends or the players themselves. Just having someone who is important or special come to see them means a lot to them.”
Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.