'Good Night Light' shining bright for children with cancer
It costs nothing other than one minute of time at 8:30 every night for Hot Club and the Steamboat Company to give the children in the oncology unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital a good night smile.
Cartoonist, and hospital volunteer, Steve Brosnihan came up with the idea after he began using the light on his bike to flash back to the hospital from his bus stop to say good night to patients when he left. After realizing how much the patients enjoyed it, the idea grew. Brosnihan approached the Hot Club, with a bright red lighted sign in view of the kids' rooms, and asked them to flash their lights to say good night to the patients.
"It has to do with helping the kids and making the kids feel like they're connected to the outside world, so we are flicking the light every night for one minute," said Hot Club manager, Sarah Bates.
The event is called 'Good Night Light' and Brosnihan and Bates hope everyone in the city gets involved.
"I've had kids tell me literally, 'That was the coolest thing - the best thing that's happened to me all day,'" said Brosnihan. "It's just somebody flipping a switch for one minute."
"It's really great during the holiday season that people are thinking about them being here," said the mother of a six-month-old leukemia patient.
"There's so many businesses that have bright lights that they can shine for the kids and we'd love to have as many businesses get involved as possible," said Bates.
That leukemia patient, Kaydin, has a Facebook page, so you can follow his story.