Warm hugs, silly jokes and belly laughs – that’s what dads are for! But dads are also there for so much more. To give their seriously ill children the best chance to find a treatment or cure, they often leave their homes and jobs for days, weeks or even months at a time so their children can participate in potentially life-saving clinical research studies at the NIH. This Father’s Day, The Inn is recognizing fathers and male caregivers for the incredible roles they play in their children’s lives.
“At The Inn, we see the resilience of these families and the strength and love that is required to go through the extraordinarily difficult experience of having a seriously ill child,” says Javin Smith, The Inn’s program operations manager. “Inn dads and caregivers are incredibly important in their child’s medical journey. Whether they are the primary caregiver at The Inn, donors for their child’s transplant, caring for other children at home, or working to support the family, Inn dads and caregivers show they will do whatever is needed and sacrifice anything to support their child.”
Carlos and Melva recently enjoyed an outdoor movie night and picnic on The Inn’s playground. Read the story of how he saved her life.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Inn operations, family programming staff worked hard to help ensure that this year’s Father’s Day festivities made dads and caregivers feel celebrated regardless. On Sunday, each male caregiver, including young male adults, received a unique gift basket, filled with toiletries, a grooming set from Every Man Jack, new earbuds, a signature Children’s Inn performance cap, and plenty of snacks and treats from local brands like Nothing Bundt Cakes. The Inn also provided a delicious Sunday brunch from Silver for all resident families, with to-go brunch options to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Dads and their families also had the chance to enjoy a special glow-in-the-dark minigolf game this weekend thanks to Inn volunteer and Snowed Inn committee member Ben Jaffe.
“This Father’s Day is different in that we are providing a bit more of an experience to brighten the day to celebrate fathers and male caregivers, to distinguish it from other days under COVID-19,” Smith says. “The generosity of community supporters like Ben means that families were able to laugh and play together on Father’s Day, savoring much-needed family fun during this unprecedented public health crisis.”
Inn residents Ujji and Melva enjoy minigolf.
The Children’s Inn is honored to have had fathers and caregivers from 50 different states and 94 countries stay with us over the past 30 years. Thank you for helping us honor and celebrate the dads and male caregivers who play such pivotal roles in their children’s and families’ lives this Father’s Day and all year round!