Our Stories

Camp P.L.A.Y.

Like most of the other kids in the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center, Kelton takes her nutrition via a feeding tube to her stomach. She can't eat the classic summertime treat of a roasted marshmallow.

What Kelton can do, with a hand from her volunteer buddy, is stretch that marshmallow stick out over the flame. She can see the white turn golden, hear her companions' delight, smell the sweet aroma, and squish her fingers into the glorious gooeyness of the toasted result.

Swindells branches out.

Carol and John Glaser felt well prepared for a new baby when their son Jack was born in 2005. After all, he was their fourth child, joining two brothers, then ages 22 and 14, and a 4-year-old sister. Something the Glasers weren't prepared for, though, was that Jack would be diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Respite care at Providence Child Center gives families under stress the gift of rejuvenation.

The Herold family's photo album tells the story: Wide-eyed Cameron sharing a joyous moment, smile to snout, with a dolphin. Grinning, suntanned parents and brothers, heads bobbing in the azure waters of a swimming pool.