Thursday, October 31 2013, 07:35 PM EDT
Halloween Spirit in the Halls of Erlanger
Doctors, nurses and other staff members at Childrens Hospital at Erlanger ditched the lab coats and scrubs for something a little more festive today.
"I'm a rainbow," said Brooklyn Bernarding, "and I'm the sun," said her mother Alicia.
Brooklyn is meeting with her doctor then heading home to go trick or treating.
"I like trick or treating with her," said Brooklyn talking about the friends she goes collecting candy with.
A little more than a year ago Brooklyn was diagnosed with Leukemia and now makes weekly visits to Childrens Hospital at Erlanger.
"The hard part is really, trying to walk families through this and help them through the tough times," said Dr. Avery Mixon, a Pediatric Oncologist.
Today being Halloween, Dr. Mixon and the rest of the staff are dressed up as barnyard animals and farmers.
"If we can make one day of their journey even easier or more fun or memorable, then, no harm in that," said Mixon.
Mixon says he hopes the outfits and antics will bring some joy to parents and children alike.
"I get to be a rooster all day," said Mixon through his rubber beak while flapping his white feather covered arms, "this is fun."
"I think its really cool," said Sheila Reid, while rocking her 14 month old daughter who has a cancerous tumor in her pelvis, "she hasn't cried at anyone this morning and normally she'll cry at all the nurses."
For a few hours, while the children are poked and prodded, tested and checked, they can smile and enjoy some Halloween fun in an unexpected place.
"Its fun," said Reid, "you see everybody playing and having a good time so you kind of just don't think about everything."