Laughter may not be an expected sound in the halls of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but it’s part of an average day for the patients, families, and staff when Partners That Heal, A W.O.N.D.E.R. Project, comes to visit. The Partners theatre troupe is specially trained to use improvisation, acting, puppetry, and music to bring comfort to children and their families during their time in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The benefits of the program to children, their caregivers, and families include opening the lines of communication between the child and hospital staff and lowering stress levels for all involved. Favorable impacts are often immediate.
Physical and emotional healing are not independent of one another. In the same way we must find a balance between investing in both physical and emotional wellness, the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation (RMWF) seeks to invest in systems and ideas that create a balance between tangible and intangible healing. Partners That Heal, A W.O.N.D.E.R. Project, brings life to difficult circumstances and builds our understanding of the equal importance of healing the body and mind. Support from RMWF has greatly expanded the project’s reach to impact almost 8,000 children and their families every year. Partner facilities and organizations are local and will soon be national.
We invite you to visit the inspiring work of Partners That Heal HERE.