|Todd Marchant (left) cuts the ceremonial ribbon, while flanked by teammates (from left to right) Ryan Carter, Francois Beauchemin, Rob Niedermayer, Mike Brown, Sheldon Brookbank and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Decked out in Anaheim team colors and memorabilia, part of the Oncology Floor at CHOC Children’s Hospital now has a permanent Ducks feel to it. Several players, their wives and executive management were on hand at the hospital on Monday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the Anaheim Ducks Wing located on the third floor of the Orange Campus.
After Ducks Executive Vice President and COO Tim Ryan helped open the ceremony, Caroline Marchant, Ducks forward Todd’s wife, helped unveil a painting on the wall created by the Ducks wives and significant others. Featuring the Ducks “D” logo, the painting is inscribed “From Our Hearts to Yours – Anaheim Lady Ducks 08-09”. With several of his teammates by his side, Todd Marchant then cut the ribbon on the Ducks Wing among the crowd of patients, parents and staff.
“To be able to add to the work we did last year and contribute all the stuff kids can do in the wing is great,” said Lisa Niedermayer, wife of Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer.
Designed for patients on the oncology floor at CHOC, the Ducks wing includes a new playroom/school room, a teen room with a flat screen TV and video games, family lounge, staff lounge and storage space.The wing will also help make it possible for CHOC Children’s to add three new patient rooms designed for adolescent patients in a space formerly occupied by the old
|A painting on the wall in the Ducks wing was donated by the Ducks wives and significant others. |
playroom/schoolroom. CHOC Children’s Hospital wanted to create an environment that would make teen cancer patients still feel like teens, encouraging camaraderie and social interaction with each other. Together, CHOC and the Ducks have now made setting a possiblity.
“One of the edicts of management is you’re going to be involved in the community,” Chris Pronger said. “This is what we do here.”