There's A Monkey in My Chair! We heard about this awesome program from one of the Child Life Specialists at Primary Children's Hospital. This Monkey (whom we've yet to name) gets to go to school for Lilly. He sits in her spot in class and he gets to go where Lilly goes at school - P.E., Library, Music Room, Field Trips, etc. It's for the kids in her class to realize that she's still around, but she's just too sick to come to school. He comes with a backpack and Lilly's classmates can write letters to Lilly or send pictures, and then Lilly can respond back to them. I think it is a great way for Lilly to stay connected with her school even though she can't go anymore.
Monkey in My Chair is supported by The Cure Starts Now Foundation. It is a free kit they offer to patients who have a chronic illness and will be missing a lot of school. Lilly was so happy when he came in the mail.
Any suggestions on what we should name him? I think he looks like a him... I guess I could add a bow and make him look like a her...?