Nationwide Children’s Hospital Launches ‘Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life’ to Brighten Lives of Patients

Butterfly sculptures will illuminate when donations are made, supporting the life-saving work of the hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 16, 2022) – Nationwide Children’s Hospital is launching “Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life” – a new holiday tradition that builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the health care heroes caring for them.

Launching Nov. 16 and continuing through the holiday season, the lawn along Livingston Avenue in front of Nationwide Children’s will be transformed with an impressive butterfly-themed light display. Dozens of multi-colored butterflies will cover the lawn, illuminating each time a donation of $10 or more is made. The “Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life” display will be visible to pediatric patients and their families in the hospital tower as they look out at the lawn below, creating a joyful, impactful experience during the holiday season. With their donations, the community will produce a unique light show each night for the children and staff of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Tim Robinson, CEO of Nationwide Children’s, invitesthe community to participate in the campaign and impact the lives of patients who can’t be home for the holidays.

“We hope the ‘Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life’ campaign becomes a new central Ohio tradition for families everywhere,” said Robinson. “Every donation matters and supports everything from art therapy and family support services to life-saving research and clinical care. We want to make sharing the holiday spirit as easy as possible and give our community the opportunity to spread joy to those who cannot be home for the holidays.”

Through the end of the year, anyone who gives a gift of $10 or more will instantly light up butterflies on the lawn and throughout inpatient units. Donors can make their gift from anywhere using their cellphone or laptop and watch the lawn light via a live-stream video feed. Other levels of giving will fund specific opportunities – in addition to lighting the lawn – to surprise patients and staff.

  • With a $100 gift, a blue butterfly pillow and cheer card will be delivered to a patient.
  • With a $500 gift, five blue butterfly pillows and cheer cards will be delivered to five patients.
  • A $1,000 gift will sponsor an 18” (tabletop) blue butterfly, and a staff workstation will receive a holiday sweet treat basket.

The six and 10-foot butterflies displayed on the lawn are also available for sponsorship and include a variety of benefits for individuals or corporate benefactors. NRG and Bread Financial are serving as lead Holiday Light sponsors. Their gifts along with another anonymous donor will be featured as matching gift sponsors for community giving throughout the season.

In addition to the lawn display, butterflies will be at five community locations during the “Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life” campaign and will also illuminate when a donation is made. Easton Town Center, John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Bridge Park in Dublin, Columbus Commons downtown, and the Short North Arts District will also each have a butterfly on display that will illuminate when donations are made.

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Dozens of multicolored butterflies cover the lawn at Nationwide Children Hospital, illuminating each time a donation is made to the hospital. It’s a new holiday tradition that builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the health care heroes caring for them.

Butterfly sculptures on the lawn in front of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s will illuminate with each donation to the hospital through the end of the year, brightening the day of children who are hospitalized this holiday season.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Launches ‘Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life’ to Brighten Lives of Patients. Butterfly sculptures will illuminate when donations are made, supporting the life-saving work of the hospital.

The butterfly sculptures which will Light Up the Lawn at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Light Up the Lawn were produced in Central Ohio. They will illuminate in real time as donations are made, creating an interactive experience to support the life-saving work of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Workers at Eclipse, a creative services company in Gahanna, made the butterflies that will transform the lawn at Nationwide Children’s into an interactive light display, which can bring hope to children who are hospitalized this holiday season while raising money for their care.

Finley, an infant from Dublin, OH, was born extremely premature. The new Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life holiday tradition at Nationwide Children’s builds hope and joy for children in treatment during the holidays, like Finley.

Throughout Prematurity Awareness Month in November, we celebrate patient champions like Finley who was born weighing just 1lb 5oz. The new holiday lights tradition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital benefits patients like Finley by funding all areas of the hospital’s mission.

Finley

La’Miya Reynolds is a cancer survivor whose big personality lights up a room. Patients like her are counting on the community to let their generosity shine bright this holiday season through donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Cancer survivor La’Miya shows how transforming the lawn in front of Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a butterfly-themed light display can bring hope to children who are hospitalized this holiday season. The display illuminates with a flutter effect each time a donation is made. Visible to children in the hospital tower, it not only supports their care, but entertains and delights children who are most in need of added joy this season.

La’Miya

Seven-year-old La’Miya Reynolds of Columbus is a patient champion for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s new holiday lights tradition benefits cancer patients like La’Miya and the healthcare heroes who care for her by funding all areas of the hospital’s mission.

Onna is a patient champion for Nationwide Children’s Hospital because she understands the challenges children hospitalized this holiday season face. She’s already undergone more than 20 surgeries in her young life.

Onna is a patient champion for Nationwide Children’s Hospital because she understands the challenges children hospitalized this holiday season face. She’s already undergone more than 20 surgeries in her young life.

Onna, a 10-year-old treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for congenital scoliosis, feels the joy from above where pediatric patients in the hospital can look out at the hospital lawn and experience the wonder of the holiday season.

One of hundreds of little cardiology patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Knox’s personality shows his big heart. He’s spreading love and support for other children in treatment this holiday season by supporting the new Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life holiday tradition.

Born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Knox and his family know how support matters. He’s supporting the new holiday tradition where gifts from community members impact all areas of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s mission – from art therapy and family support services to life-saving research and care.

Through this new interactive initiative, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is calling on the community to let their generosity shine bright this holiday season through donations that will impact the lives of patients who can’t be home for the holidays.

Light Up the Lawn is an experience families can share. The interactive display not only supports their care, but entertains and delights children who are most in need of added joy this season.

Sometimes the smallest patients have the biggest personalities. Patients like little Callahan are counting on the community to let their generosity shine bright this holiday season through donations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Callahan Hare was diagnosed with infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia and began his treatment plan before he was 48 hours old. While this cancer is common in older children, congenital leukemia is very rare. This December, Callahan celebrates one year since he rang the bell signaling the end of an 8-month stay at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

From the patient tower at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an impressive butterfly-themed light display illuminates with a flutter effect each time a donation is made.

Matt Hare holds his son, Callahan, who is in treatment for infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Callahan’s family supports the new holiday tradition at Nationwide Children’s which builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the healthcare heroes caring for them.

Matt Hare holds his son, Callahan, who is in treatment for infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Callahan’s family supports the new holiday tradition at Nationwide Children’s which builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the healthcare heroes caring for them.

As Jocelyn Green fights her own battle with acute t-cell leukemia/lymphoma, she is focused on giving back to support other kids on the 11th floor at Nationwide Children’s who are undergoing treatments such as blood transfusions and chemotherapy.

After 14-year-old Jocelyn Green, from Westerville, was diagnosed with acute t-cell leukemia/lymphoma she found strength in giving back to others.

As Jocelyn Green fights her own battle with acute t-cell leukemia/lymphoma, she is focused on giving back to support other kids on the 11th floor at Nationwide Children’s who are undergoing treatments such as blood transfusions and chemotherapy.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients like Stella are calling on the Central Ohio community to let their generosity shine bright this holiday season through donations that will impact the lives of patients who can’t be home for the holidays.

Shayla and Cole McKinley are parents to Stella, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The McKinley family supports the Light Up the Lawn new holiday tradition at Nationwide Children’s which builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the healthcare heroes caring for them.

Eight-year-old Ema is full of smiles despite being hospitalized during the holiday season. The hospital’s new holiday lights tradition benefits cancer patients like Ema and the healthcare heroes who care for her by funding all areas of the hospital’s mission.

Eight-year-old Ema is a patient at Nationwide Children’s who is hoping to go home in time for the holidays.

Eight-year-old Ema is full of smiles despite being hospitalized during the holiday season. The hospital’s new holiday lights tradition benefits cancer patients like Ema and the healthcare heroes who care for her by funding all areas of the hospital’s mission.

Ema, who is battling a rare form of cancer, shows her strength during rehab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Eight-year-old Ema is a patient at Nationwide Children’s who is hoping to go home in time for the holidays.



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