“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.
Celebrating a first birthday in the hospital isn’t ideal, but the Johns Hopkins All Children’s staff helps “Sea Bass” and his family have a special day.
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.
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