Country music star Carrie Underwood helped cheer up children dealing with serious illnesses during a recent visit to Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children.
The singer’s July 31 visit included visits with young patients and their families in both the medical/surgical unit and the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit of the children’s hospital. Underwood gave each child an autographed compact disc and sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” upon a request by a 2-year-old patient.
Underwood’s visit was part of Country 102.5 WKLB’s Country Music Healing Tour, which the station launched earlier this year to bring country-music performers to the Floating Hospital to lift the spirits of its young patients.
“We are so grateful to Carrie Underwood for partnering with us to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to the children and families at Floating Hospital,” said Country 102.5 Program Director Mike Brophey in a statement released by the station.
“This is a very special opportunity for us to participate in a small way in the healing process of the hospital’s pediatric patients, and the generosity of country performers like Carrie Underwood is what makes it possible,” Brophey said.
Dr. John Schreiber, chief administrative officer and pediatrician-in-chief at the Floating Hospital, expressed his gratitude to Underwood and the radio station.
“The Healing Tour brings inexpressible joy and comfort to our pediatric patients and their families as they cope with very difficult circumstances,” Schreiber said, according to the statement. “Thanks to Ms. Underwood, they now have a memory that they will cherish forever.”