Special daycare helps sick kids lead more normal lives - KCTV5 News

Special daycare helps sick kids lead more normal lives

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For the first time in his life, 9-year-old Elijah Daniel is well enough to go to school, but it’s a big transition. (KCTV5) For the first time in his life, 9-year-old Elijah Daniel is well enough to go to school, but it’s a big transition. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It is hard to imagine life as a sick child. Whether it’s cancer or some other disease, the long hospital stays and suppressed immune systems often mean isolation for these kids.

But a group at of people at RJ Children’s Haven is working on a solution.

For the first time in his life, 9-year-old Elijah Daniel is well enough to go to school, but it’s a big transition.

He’s been in and out of the hospital for the last four years dealing with complications from a bone marrow transplant use to treat his sickle cell anemia. Going to school would have put his weak immune system at risk.

The isolation that came with his illness forced Elijah to fall behind.

"You don't know until he gets in an environment with other kids, and you see how much he's missed by not just interacting with other kids," Elijah's dad, Jesse Daniel, said.

For kids like Elijah, RJ Children’s Haven is a place that could make a big difference in their lives. A group of retired health care providers saw a need and came up with the idea for the place.

"A lot of these parents had to quit their job to stay at home with their child who is immune compromised and couldn't be around other children, couldn't go to school, couldn't got to daycare, couldn’t go to movies or play with their friends, and so this is now a safe place for them to come," said Ronald Jones with RJ Children's Haven.

The non-profit organization hopes to transform the space into a specialized daycare for kids with immune problems.

"The best medicine is his attitude toward everything, and he's just been really, really resilient throughout all of this," Jesse Daniel said.

And it is his resilience that is driving RJ Children’s Haven to make sure kids, like Elijah, have the help they need.

RJ Children’s Haven is holding a fundraiser Wednesday called the KC Kicks Cancer Block Party. It’s an interactive photo scavenger hunt along the Kansas City streetcar line.

They need $100,000 to get their program off the ground. If you’d like to help, click here.

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