Delivering the wonder and magic of childhood to hospitalized kids
Starlight Radio Flyer Hero Wagons provide a source of comfort and a sense of normalcy to sick kids during some of their most difficult times. The moment a child must be placed into a wheelchair can be scary and cause fear that something bad is going on - that is when our Hero Wagons come in.
They play a unique role at hospitals across country by providing patients unable to walk a way to move throughout the hospital and helping hospital staff deliver toys and other items to patient rooms. By providing a different option for patient transportation, these wagons transform a hospitalized child's experience by removing the fear and anxiety that may come with having to use a wheelchair.
Designed for Starlight by Radio Flyer, the Hero Wagon has an IV pole attachment, making it easier for all patients to enjoy a wagon ride. Plus, each wagon features seat belts for safety, smooth surfaces, and durable fabric that is easily sanitized by hospital staff between each use.
Doctors, nurses, child life specialists and caregivers across the US rely on these wagons every day as an integral part of a child's pediatric care.
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Starlight Kid Everly was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) and had three open-heart surgeries, two cardiac catheterizations, and one infection washout surgery before her first birthday.
Everly spent long periods of time in the ICU at Advocate Children’s Hospital. In times like this, the Radio Flyer Wagon is a welcome sight to a patient, parent or a sibling in a hospital.
Fortunately for her and her family, Advocate Children's had a Radio Flyer Wagon that allowed Everly to explore and wonder beyond the four walls of her hospital room.
Everly’s mom, Lauren, explained, “There’s a thing called ICU psychosis. It's real and hard for patients and parents if they can’t leave a room. Getting out of the room in a wagon is huge. It means fresh air and a change of scenery, both of which can be a total game-changer. Sometimes Everly was so miserable but, our older son, Jack, loved pulling his baby sister around the hospital hallways in the wagon. He loved taking her outside to get fresh air.”
A Hero Wagon can truly make a difference in a child's day when they are spending days on end inside a hospital room.
"The Radio Flyer Wagon was a significant factor in Karter’s long hospital stays. He was so young and unable to communicate well, on top of having major speech delays, the one thing he could always say was “Red Go!” And that meant he wanted to take a lap in the wagon through the oncology floor."
- Starlight Kid Karter's mom, Krista