NHRMC Foundation intern Nikki Layden secured a grant for NHRMC programs through her sorority, UNCW's Tri Sigma Chapter, Epsilon Phi.
Through her internship, Nikki developed a deep willingness to help our patients, and she wanted to make a lasting impression on the hospital.
Through her research, Nikki (pictured, far left) learned of the Robbie Paige Memorial Matching Funds Grant, available through her sorority. Tri Sigma has pledged to raise $12,000 over the next three years, and that money will be matched by a $12,000 grant.
Michele Erich, Musical Therapist and Child Life Specialist, said the $24,000 will be used for therapeutic play items in the NHRMC Pediatric Infusion Clinic, the Child Life Program and Pediatric Surgery.
Some of the prospective purchases include a customized plastic wagon, a ride-on electric car, virtual reality goggles, and a basketball arcade-style game. Another item is a Kitten Scanner, which is essentially a toy MRI machine that helps take away some of the children’s fear.
Nikki will graduate from UNCW this spring and has applied for graduate school with pursuits of earning a degree in healthcare administration.
The donations from our philanthropy events, such as Tri Sigma’s Day of Play, will go to help raise their $12,000 goal. Link to the event: https://trisigma.crowdchange.co/7042