LOCAL/STATE The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 22, 2000- 5
Speakers, art exhibits brighten week for young patients
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
There will be more laughter and smiles at
Mott Children's Hospital this week in celebra-
tion of National Children and Healthcare Week.
The nationally acknowledged week, started
the Association for the Care of Children's
ealth, includes special visitors, artistic
exhibits and special activities at the hospital.
"We really concentrate on making it a spe-
cial week for patients and their families," said
Karen Larson, development officer for children
and family life at Mott Children's Hospital.
The special week at the hospital includes vis-
its from Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics,
the Ann Arbor Fire Department, the Michigan
Marching Band and Michigan athletes.
"The highlight of the week is on Friday," Lar-
son said. "Children dress up like doctors and
give the doctors and nurses orders on 'If I were
a doctor' day." Larson said the activity should
be empowering and fun for the patients because
they can give directions to their caretakers.
Since the ACCH no longer exists, many
local companies have picked up where the
group left off by donating activities, crafts and
food to the hospital.
"We thought is was very important to contin-
ue the tradition of children's health week," Lar-
son said. "We really appreciate the support of
National Children and Healthcare Week will
also take place at the University Comprehen-
sive Cancer Center, an outpatient program for
children and teens. The Cancer Center is spon-
soring an exhibit titled "Creative Hands and
Hearts," which will run through March 31.
More than 40 patients and families submit-
ted artwork, poetry and stories to the exhibit.
"These pieces focus on their medical experi-
ences, perception of their care givers and any
other things," said Sheila Morris, a child life
specialist at the Cancer Center. "We invited
both patients and families to submit their work."
The works focus on the effects of cancer on
patients and their families as well as patients'
own experiences with blood transfusions, hair
loss and the hope of complete recovery.
The writing and artwork also proved to be
therapeutic in some cases. "A lot of families
worked together as a family unit and the fami-
lies were pleased to see the feelings of the sib.
lings of the ill child," Morris said.
One mother and daughter wrote separate
poems about the 13-year-old's battle with can-
cer. "At 13, to be told you have cancer wher
you hardly know what it means, is like telling a
child the world is theirs, and then taking away
all of their dreams, the daughter wrote.
The mother described her gratitude for each
day she spends with her daughter. "I say good-
night and go downstairs, thanking God for this
day, I crawl in bed and close my eyes, then I
begin to pray."
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He said the office will have the same functions as
Oe main office at city hall.
"We can take any police report at (the new station),"
The station opened ahead of schedule and officers
are still waiting for the delivery of furniture and a few
renovations to the space. A grand opening is expected
Heatley said the office would be used for foot, bicy-
cle and car patrol officers. The department has three
other such district offices, located on the north, south-
@st and west sides of the city.
Officer Terry McNally will supervise the new office
and said local business have greeted the addition with
Ali Hijazi, the owner of Shahrayar Restaurant and
the adjoining market, located next door to the office at
328 Maynard St., said his customers are sometimes.
harassed by people on the street.
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The new Ann Arbor Police Department Station opened
yesterday underneath the Maynard Street Parking Structure.
The station opened ahead of schedule.
"We hope people will feel safer when they pass
through Maynard, because it's becoming a deserted
street," Hijazi said.
But Hijazi is cautious about making an assessment
until the station has been open for a few weeks. "We
will wait and see," he said.
FLINT (AP) - A woman accused of leaving her 6-
year-old son in a "flophouse" where police say he got a
gun used to kill a classmate will stand trial on a child
neglect charge, a judge ruled yesterday.
Tamara Owens asked for a non-jury trial, which will
determine if she will regain custody of the boy, her 8-
year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.
The Family Independence Agency brought the neglect
complaint and challenged her custody of the children after
the Feb. 29 shooting of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland at Buell
Owens' sister was given temporary custody and will
keep the three children until the trial, which was set for
May 3. If the court is given jurisdiction, the agency
could seek to terminate Owens' parental rights.
Prosecutor Arthur Busch wants the court to be able
to direct evaluations and counseling for the boy.
"I think the serious matter here is helping this little boy
and his little brother and sister. We were hoping the mother
would work with us,' Busch said after yesterday's hearing.
"They want their dirty laundry hung out there for all the
public to see and we'll do that."
Owens and her husband, Dedric Owens, who is in jail
on an unrelated probation violation, were charged with
child neglect after the shooting.
A date for him was not set because he is in jail.
The Family Independence Agency petition alleges that
the mother allowed her sons to live in a "dangerous environ-
ment" by taking them to her brother's residence. Police have
said the residence was used for drug dealing.
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