Cleveland Cavaliers Provide Comfort To Families of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Patients Through 2nd Annual Legacy Project

Team Unveils New Family Room at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitationand Welcomes 2012 Draft Picks
Cavaliers Provide Comfort To Families of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Patient

The newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are already out and about in the Cleveland community. One day after being drafted, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller made their inaugural appearance alongside General Manager Chris Grant, Head Coach Byron Scott, forward/center Tristan Thompson, and Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez— Interim Chair, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital as they unveiled the Cavs’ second annual Legacy Project with a newly created family room for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation (CCCH) Shaker Campus. Last season’s project was a renovated outdoor, multi-hoop basketball court.

The Cavs, with support from Kia Motors and Sherwin-Williams, proud partners of the Cavaliers, and Best Buy, designed the room to provide children staying at the Rehab Hospital and their families with a comfortable, welcoming place to spend time together when they are not in rehab.

“Family is something we value as an organization and we are excited to donate this room that allows families to enjoy time together outside of a traditional hospital environment,” said Cavs General Manager Chris Grant. “It means a lot that we can continue our Legacy Projects with our partners at the Cleveland Clinic and also show our newest family members how important community involvement and outreach is to our organization.”

After a brief press conference and ceremonial ribbon cutting, the children and families were able to explore the comforts of the new family room. The space is designed to reflect a traditional family living room, including comfortable and ample seating, a big screen TV, gaming area (video games, board games), reading/library space and a dining room table. In addition, a small space was created as a “home office” with computers, desks and phones.

"Being in a hospital is sometimes scary and at other times boring. Because of the Cavaliers' generosity, the burden of the scary stuff and the boredom will be lightened," said Dr. Michael McHugh, Shaker Campus Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. "We appreciate their thoughtfulness."

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation is one of the few leading accredited, freestanding pediatric rehabilitation hospitals in the country. In this setting, infants, children and adolescents with complex chronic illnesses, disabilities and congenital conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to pain-associated disability syndrome, stroke and spinal cord injuries, receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists. Services include an inpatient program; an outpatient rehabilitation program for children recovering from a trauma, surgery or acute hospital stay; and therapy services for children with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.

Since its inception in 1999, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Autism has served more than 2,500 children and their families. Over the past 10 years, in response to increasing demand, the Center for Autism has developed a comprehensive array of services for students of all ages with autism, including an early intervention and preschool program, a year-round autism school, outpatient speech and language services, outreach consultation, psychological evaluation and treatment and social skills programming.