Chemo Duck Friends Bring Joy to Sick Children
July 31, 2011

The Building Group has been a long time supporter of Gabe’s My Heart, a nonprofit organization founded by the Building Group’s Nashville, Tenn.-based employee, Rob Sipos, Estimator, and his wife Lu, whose son, Gabe, is a cancer survivor. Through the program, a stuffed Chemo Duck doll, equipped with a chemotherapy port, hospital pajamas and a bandana is given to children diagnosed and/or treated for cancer at various hospitals in the area.

Since work began on the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham—a project in which the Building Group’s Nashville office is intimately involved—several patients have had the pleasure of Gabe visiting them at the Children’s Hospital.

In July, the Sipos family and employees visited the Cancer Wing of the hospital, and brought along two friends—life-size Chemo Ducks. They met with 15 patients and their families—seven of which had been diagnosed within the past week. Gabe was a bright light of encouragement to everyone, as he took gift backpacks to each child.

“It was amazing to see how positively the kids, as well as the parents responded. The Children’s staff said that they truly look forward to the visits from Gabe and Chemo Duck,” said Laura Rose, Building Group Assistant Project Manager. “This is the second time that we have done an event like this and we hope to continue to do visits in the future.”

Gabe’s My Heart’s mission is to provide education and comfort to children undergoing cancer treatment through medical play, using therapeutic tools that provide wonderful encouragement to the patients and their families in the hospitals for which KBR currently builds.