A Big Christmas Gift for the Children's Medical Center

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

December 20, 2005
Christmas came early at the Children’s Medical Center. A family who knows what it’s like to spend the holidays at the hospital brought a big gift.

It’s a moving van that might as well be Santa’s sleigh. Wagons, bikes, and game pour out for kids at MCG Hospital.

“What we’ve tried to do is just address some of the needs we’ve seen as parents using CMC and having a child that gets treated here,” said Chris Dube.

Chris, Kelly and CJ Dube have spent a lot of time in the hospital. Two years ago CJ was diagnosed with leukemia. The five-year-old is in remission now, but still can’t walk.

“Instead of friends and family and colleagues and clients sending gifts for our children, we ask that they donate,” Chris said.

“Santa has arrived,” Dr. Vega said.

CJ’s doctor, Roger Vega, says these extras like wagons instead of wheelchairs make a big difference in a young patient’s stay.

“In between playing we do some doctoring,” Dr. Vega said.

The best Christmas present for mom and dad would be to see CJ walk again.

But while they wait for their wishes, this family gives joy to others.

“We’ve tried to buddy up with other families and let them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It gets less frequent. It doesn’t get easier, but there’s hope,” Kelley said.

About 100 people donated the gifts, CJ’s family, friends and friends of friends.

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