With our new iPad mini I am able to show the children photos of the actual radiation machines, staff members they will meet, and photos of the playroom. Letting the children know what to expect is an effective way to increase sense of control and decrease anxiety.

Melissa Taormina

Child Life Specialist, Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Xbox’s you provided for the children at WakeMed are invaluable. We have so many patients who are hurting or are just overwhelmed with being in the hospital, who find comfort in being able to relax and play games on the Xbox. It allows them to have a sense of normalcy for a moment and temporarily forget their fears, pain and stress associated with being a patient in the hospital. I have seen patients go from saying they are in tremendous pain and not engaging with staff, to smiling and talking once they see me walk in with the Xbox for them to play. This can help increase their coping during procedures and hospitalization tremendously.

Sunisha Barbee

Child Life Specialist, WakeMed Hospital

It is important to offer children activities that they would have participated in, had they not been in the hospital. iPads are a tool with so many uses. It allows the child life specialist to have one item, but still have games, music movies, and an overall focal point ready to use for every age.

Jessica Laperie

Child Life Specialist, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth

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Donating at NC Children’s Hospital

The UNC staff and patients were excited to meet Leanne and hear about her non-profit. They were very appreciative of today’s donation: 6 iPads, iTunes gift cards, nail polish and body... read more

Levine Children’s Hospital

As a result of The Leon Levine Foundation and Sandra and Leon Levine’s generosity Leanne donated $2,500 in iPads, portable DVD players, movies, adult coloring books and gift cards. The staff and children at Levine Children’s Hospital were overjoyed to... read more

December 4th 5K

The Chapel Hill Police Department is partnering with me to facilitate a 5K fundraiser on Sunday, December 4th at Southern Community Park in Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC. Afterwards, we will have a 1 mile race for children 12 and under called Chase the Chief. With... read more

Walking on a Dream Fashion Show

Leanne is hosting the silent auction (benefiting Positive Impact for Kids) at this exciting fundraising event sponsored by Rishi Salon & Spa in Southern Village, Sunday May 22. The fashion show benefits HomeStart Residential Facility. Tickets: Sold at Rishi Salon... read more

Donating in Tennessee

When visiting Nashville, Leanne made donations at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital & The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. We met incredible child life specialists and nurses who were all very excited to receive these requested... read more