Children like Lily battling cancer, in need of organ transplants, or those born with one of countless autoimmune disorders enter into a state called Neutropenia. This condition is a result of medications or the disease itself. It leaves the child with little to no immune system making something as simple as a common cold life threatening. These children spend weeks if not months confined to the home. Simple childhood pleasures like playing on a playground, going to school, or enjoying a play date with a close friend are off limits due to the risks of infection. It is our dream to allow these children to be kids again. To climb, jump, and once again make friends with other children facing the same hardships.
HOW WILL WE DO IT?
Customized Air Filtration
Our HVAC system is being custom designed to meet code for the immunosuppressed. Hepa filters will be used to provide the same level of clean air as that of a hospital clinic. Humidity and possible UV lighting will keep germs and bacteria to a minimum.
In a partnership with Dr. Debra Harris of Baylor University, all materials will be approved for their safety in health design. Everything from the paint to the furniture will be chosen with cleanliness in mind. The flooring in our space will not only meet a critical fall rating of 4′ but will allow us to clean and maintain it safely for years to come
Cleaning and Protocol
All visitors will need to by symptom free and temperature checked prior to entry. Shoes will be exchanged for socks provided by Lily’s Pad. We will be limited to four sessions of play per day, with less than 50 people including staff and volunteers inside at any one time. Cleaning between every play session and overnight deep cleaning will provide fresh play spaces each time.
All donations, no matter how small, are truly appreciated and will only go to helping families and children suffering from immunocompromised conditions.