“Oh my gosh is that the Lightning?”
In the arena, Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn and mascot Thunderbug know how to bring the thunder and energize the crowd. In the halls of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, there is a similar crackle of electricity in the air.
There is no shortage of amusing dance moves to fill a patient room with laughter while parents excitedly chat about the current hockey season. The surprise visit is a welcome change from a seemingly endless parade of nurses and doctors.
Throughout the hallways there are numerous stops: photo ops, a high five, a fist bump, a hug.
Down in the lobby, Thunderbug sits down at the piano and attempts to play a tune. It’s clumsy, disharmonious and a truly silly sight. There are smiles all around.
As the vaccine comes to the frontline workers, a world of possibilities begins to open up.
For Gavin, the hospital isn’t all about challenges and adversity. It’s about giving joy to others.
The holidays she has altered to care for kids are too many to count, but as she retires, she leaves much for patients and colleagues to be thankful.
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