When you find yourself spending a lot of time at your local children’s hospital, it naturally starts becoming a home away from home. Beres siblings, of Norton, have been at Akron Children’s quite a bit in December and January, with Will, 8, having a hospitalization and sister Lauren, 7, needing surgery.
On the last day of Will’s stay, he felt well enough to visit the playroom on his patient floor and younger brother, Jack, started building the hospital’s main tower out of wood blocks. Will, Lauren and Tommy, 4, all pitched in, said their mother, Jackie.
“Someone said, ‘We need a bridge,’ and someone else said, ‘We need a helipad – let’s mark it with an H.’ They pretty much have the exterior of the hospital memorized from all the appointments,” Jackie said.
The block sculpture also includes the Considine Professional Building and the circular sidewalk looping around Perkins Square Park and the “front lawn” of the hospital.
Jackie said her kids were very proud of their block hospital, and she added that all the “extras” – the child life specialists, the Doggie Brigade and the cookie cart – actually make their treks to the hospital kind of nice.