|Forum topic by GJK||posted 05-18-2016 02:17 AM||1945 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
05-18-2016 02:17 AM
For over 20 years, my wife and I have volunteered as hospital clowns. We focus on serving Wounded Warriors and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We also clown at pediatric units of hospitals where we seek to ease the pains and fears of seriously ill children.
Recently, we saw a TV news show and accompanying NY Times article about a grandfather, Roger Leggett, who with his son modified a plastic (or metal) little red wagon so that his granddaughter, Felicity, who was being treated for cancer could be cheered up while moving around the hospital with her IV and monitors. His modified wagon was a great hit and the idea spread to over a dozen other hospitals.
As a LUMBERJOCK and CLOWN, I saw an opportunity to do a similar good deed by creating or modifying a wagon. I found online a well-made, wooden Red Wagon called the Berlin Flyer, made by Amish people in Ohio.
All the woodworking and finishing is done in their factory… AMERICAN MADE!! My plan, subject to the company’s agreement, was to seek to buy a few sets of wheels and bolt packs and then as a LUMBERJOCK make some wagons myself to be donated to local hospitals.
I forwarded the idea with photos to a local hospital where we have often clowned and where my wife saw a wagon with a pediatric oncology patient being pulled by her father. I was surprised to receive a polite but negative response:
“Unfortunately we cannot use these wagons. Our wagons have to be plastic to pass our infection prevention rules.”
Do any of you more experienced Lumberjocks know of a way I might refinish (over the wonderful finish the Amish applied) to create a wagon less susceptible (allegedly) to infection that might be more acceptable to the hospital?
-- Gary, Washington, DC