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Fox5 Healing Garden a Dream Come True for Staff and Families

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In a Fox 5 TV story about the vision for the Healing Garden at Children's National, 10-year-old Arabelle Blalack recalled that during her treatment for leukemia at age 5, "I couldn't really move around anywhere." Acknowledging that she's not very good at staying still, she said, "I love feeling the breeze, and looking at all the things in nature." Watch the Fox 5 story.Kathleen Gorman, chief operating officer at Children's National, said the garden will meet the needs of children like Arabelle who need very specialized care, but also want to be outdoors. "We're very excited. This is really a dream come true for families and staff," Gorman said. "There's a lot of scientific evidence behind the healing of being outside, of being in the fresh air, and not only healing, but also relieving pain for our children." Watch the story to see what the rooftop looks like today.Visit childrensnational.org/healinggarden for information about the garden and how you can get involved.