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Picnic at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Provides an Early Summer Treat

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Kyle Gallagher from New Castle, DE, enjoys the 18th Annual Summer Picnic with Delaware State Troopers Scott Mauchin (left) and Bobby Boyd at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Each year, the Child Life Department at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children partners with the Delaware State Police and Delaware State Troopers Association to sponsor a summer party for patients and their families.

Wednesday, May 30, troopers, hospital volunteers, and community entertainers came to the hospital to help serve food and direct some of this year's activities. More than 100 patients and families, along with many visitors, attended the picnic. Additionally, troopers visited with patients inside the hospital who were not able to come down for the picnic.

Both the kids and their parents enjoyed the arts and crafts, specialized police units, police chopper, airbrush tattoos, and music. And as always, the pie throwing booth was the messy highlight of the afternoon. Of course, it wouldn’t be a picnic without a constant stream of food. Many thanks to Bethany Blues Restaurant in Lewes, Bernie’s Water Ice in Wilmington, as well as Super Fresh and Philadelphia Pretzels, both on Naamans Road, for their generous donations of food and services.

The event offers a break from the stress often associated with the hospital experience, allowing patients to put aside their normal hospital routines and just be kids.


About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.