Pre-Med rings in the holidays

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In keeping with the holiday season, the Pre-Medical Society upheld their own tradition of the season by throwing their annual Holiday Party. Taking place for the children in the pediatric oncology unit at the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, the party provided a chance for the children to experience the holiday despite having to spend them primarily in the hospital.

Pre-Med members set up and ran numerous activities that guests had the opportunity to partake in, including making ornaments, decorating gingerbread cookies and playing video games on a large TV screen.

“A lot of the time, this is one of the only times these kids get to leave their hospital rooms for something they can really enjoy,” senior and Pre-Med member Emma Quarequio said. “We try to make it as exciting as possible because of that.”

A capella members perform holiday songs for the party guests. After their performances, patients lined up to receive their gifts from Santa. (Photo/Amber Bhutta and Angela Lin)

After the activities and lunch, the A Capella group performed a number of Christmas and Chanukah themed holiday songs, including “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Chanukah Oh Chanukah.” At the end of the performance, the children lined up to take photos with Santa. As each child reached the front of the line, Pre-Med officers gave out the gifts that the children had requested when creating their wish lists at the Pre-Med Superhero Party in October.

“When I see the kids open their presents and when I realize that this year is my last [Holiday Party], I get especially sad,” Quarequio said. “Coming here and seeing how happy the kids always get reminds me why I joined.”

Pre-Med president Anam Ahmed sits with a patient at the ornament-decorating table. Ahmed joined Pre-Med as a freshman and has worked on organizing the party since the school year began. (Photo/Amber Bhutta and Angela Lin)

As Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Patriot Post and a third-year staffer, Amber lives and breathes journalism. Alongside her better half and Co-Editor Angela, she converted The Patriot Post into a news magazine and often refers to it as her child. She also serves as the National Honor Society President and English Honor Society Vice President and competes in science research and Model UN. In her (limited) free time, Amber volunteers in the ICU at Cleveland Clinic, bakes, reads, shops and eats brunch (her favorite meal).

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