The day of young hospital patients was recently brightened by some of the star players of the Crusaders.
The players, including All Blacks Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, and Codie Taylor, visited the Canterbury District Health Board’s Children’s Hematology and Oncology Center.
The players took some time out of their busy schedule to prepare for the Super Rugby Aotearoa final against the Chiefs on May 8 at Orangetheory Stadium.
They spent time talking to neighborhood families and handing out gifts, including autographed crusader flags and caps.
Colin Mansbridge, CEO of Crusaders, said: “We are proud to be able to connect with those in our community who are struggling.
“The strength and resilience of these young people is inspiring, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of some of our most passionate Crusader supporters.”
Jo Kirrane, acting chief nurse at the CHOC, said: “It was great that the Crusaders took the time to visit our young patients at the CHOC.
“They showed genuine interest in the children and their whānau, talked and shared their passion for sports.”
CHOC is one of two specialty treatment centers for pediatric cancer patients in New Zealand, with the other being Starship Hospital.
It cares for infants, children and adolescents with cancer, as well as their families.
CHOC has 11 hospital beds.
There is also a day care center where some children continue their treatment.