5 year old Caroline helped light the Christmas tree at Dayton Children's

joy, gratitude & gingerbread
at our Christmas tree lighting

Bright twinkling lights, twirly dresses, giggles, applause and even a few tears. These were the sights and sounds in the Speedway Take Flight Gallery on November 27 as a very special little girl launched Dayton Children’s into the holiday season.

We celebrated our first ever Christmas tree lighting that day, beginning a new tradition for our patients and staff. Three-year-old cancer survivor Charlotte Caraway was thrilled to light the tree along with her three older sisters. Mrs. Claus and her elves brought cookies and invited kids (and kids at heart) for special photos.

The three-story Speedway Take Flight Gallery was supported by our largest corporate donor, Speedway, and offers a whimsical, bright and welcoming entrance into the hospital.

You may recognize “Fierce Charlotte” from billboards and advertisements peppered throughout the city, or from a recent front-page article in the Dayton Daily News announcing her as cancer-free just two days before Thanksgiving.

“We have so much to be grateful for,” said her mom, Stephanie.

And indeed, so do we at Dayton Children’s. We are so very grateful for the passionate interdisciplinary team of caregivers who helped Charlotte through her illness. We’re grateful for our stunning new patient tower, which provided the perfect space for our holiday celebration and will provide a place for special celebrations throughout the years to come.

And we’re so very grateful for our donors. You make all of this possible, and it’s never been more evident than now that we couldn’t do all of this for our kids and families without you – a supportive community that truly cares about offering our children the best possible future.

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