Monday, July 18, 2011

Barbara Bush Children's Hospital visit

Last Friday R2-D2 and I paid another visit the BBCH in Portland, Maine.  They are a 2 hour drive south from me and they asked when I would be in the area again.  Since this is the weekend of the New England R2 Builders get together in New Hampshire, this date worked out well!

I invited my brother, Greg, to join me since he lives right in Portland.  We put him to work, handling the digital camera for the staff so they can print the pictures out for the staff.

Once up on the floor, I prepped R2 and disinfected the surfaces with the wipes they provided.  We were set to go and the Child Life Specialist lead the way for us.

As usual, I can not take pictures with the patients due to privacy but one parent gave us her blessing to share a great photo of her daughter with the child life specialist and R2-D2

One of the volunteers named "Ann" was fantastic to work with.  

Once we finished up, my brother posed for a photo with his aluminum "nephew"...

 And of course, all of us together...

We really enjoyed our visit with the children and staff.  Greg had to head out and R2 and I stayed put for a little while for staff and families to pose for pictures.  The security staff was gracious enough to provide us with a large cart and muscle to load and unload R2 to the floor.  

Trips and events like this make the whole R2 building experience extremely rewarding.  We brought many, many smiles today and look forward to visiting again sometime soon!