Granite Properties Host Super Hero Party for Patients

August 20, 2014

By Patrick McGee

Granite Properties hosted a party for Children’s Medical Center patients on Aug. 6, offering a much-needed break for young patients and illustrating yet again the company’s dedication to Children’s.

Children being treated for everything from malnutrition to cancer enjoyed a chance to make crafts, wear masks and capes like superheroes, and dress up in costumes so that special camera equipment could turn their movements into an animated flip book keepsake.

About 20 employees from Granite Properties volunteered to decorate the Butterfly Atrium and work with kids at the party. They even sent small teams into the isolation units to make crafts with children who need to remain in sterile areas because their immune systems are weak.

Plano-based Granite Properties manages commercial properties in five different states and has been a dedicated supporter of Children’s. The company sponsors the Family Fun Zone tent at the annual Red Balloon Run & Ride, a signature fundraising event for Children’s. Granite CEO Michael Dardick served on Children’s board and led the fundraising campaign to build Children’s at Legacy in Plano.

Jayne Huddleston, a lease administrator for Granite Properties, said the company threw a party for kids at Children’s last year, and the employees asked to do it again.

“It’s just so fulfilling to come and have the kids take a break and have some fun,” she said. “It felt meaningful. I had so many people come back to me last year and say how much it meant to them.”

Patients and their parents said the party was a welcome break.

“It’s really good for the kids, especially when they have been sick for so long and miserable and in pain. It’s really good for them,” said Douglas Wilhite, of Dallas, whose son 7-year-old son was being treated for pneumonia.

Adrian Castro, 17, of Mount Pleasant, who was being treated at Children's, made crafts, got his picture taken and played a game in Seacrest Studios. He said he did not know what the event was when he and his mother happened upon it by chance, but was delighted by the games and activities.

“It makes you forget what you’re here for,” said his mother, Angelica Higueros.

James Johnson, of Royce City, sat at a small table in the isolation unit with his daughter Kaitlyn who is being treated in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The 4-year-old was busy making crafts, and he said it was a break she really needed.

“It’s nice,” he said. “It’s a change of environment for her. It gives her new people to play with and a chance just to be a kid.”


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