Lily pad project lifts children’s spirits at hospitals
TACOMA — Students at a Pierce County high school are on a mission to put smiles on the faces of sick children. Their work in wood shop and art class is paying off, allowing the patients of Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals to have some fun.
The students are busy making “lily pads.” The pads are cut from a piece of wood and painted. They are designed to be placed on the base of IV poles as a seats that turn into an adventure.
The lily pads were the dream of a 17-year-old cancer patient named Nick Konkler.
“Nick was never afraid to dream,” said Nick’s dad Vince.
Family friend Kayla Pittman says Nick always wanted to make sure everyone else was comfortable, even when he was suffering.
“He was going to buy one of our friends a truck because he was worried he was driving his old car too much,” said Pittman. “He always cared about everybody else. Always. He never really complained. He just always wanted to do things for other people. He was pretty amazing.”
Nick went to Riverside and was looking forward to creating the lily pads — one of his own and others for children at the hospitals where he received treatment.
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