The Edmond Sun

December 21, 2012

Edmond firefighters cheer young cancer patients

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Edmond firefighters turned into Santa’s helpers Friday as they delivered Christmas gifts from generous area residents to children battling cancer.

The firefighters delivered carts filled with presents to the  oncology floor at OU Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Edmond Fire Department driver Luke Gregory said the idea came from a dispatcher who also works at the hospital. He put a challenge to city employees and the Fire Department took it from there, Gregory said. The local firefighter union and others donated the gifts for girls and boys of different ages.

“I’m just glad to be a small part of it, making their day a little brighter,” Gregory said. “These are some really sick kids who are going through a lot right now. If we can help put a smile on their face that’s awesome.”

Edmond resident Lindsie Warren, a child life specialist at the hospital, said the hospital coordinated the delivery of the presents with the Edmond Fire Department and Ally’s House to get ages of children at the hospital so they could get the appropriate presents.

“When you’re here it means everything,” Warren said of the reaction of the children. “You spend lots of time in your room and it helps pass the time while you’re waiting for different things here at the hospital. It normalizes everything that they’re going through."