"When my daughter was diagnosed, Wheels was there to comfort her. She built a relationship with the Wheels volunteers, she was so comforted by you all that she forgot all her pain. I am so grateful to Wheels for caring.”
Can you imagine a child not wanting to leave a hospital because they’re having so much fun? At Aurora on Wheels, we see this every day!
Aurora on Wheels is an innovative initiative that provides children with fun-filled Aurora excitement while awaiting and undergoing treatment in pediatric oncology units at participating hospitals. Siblings and parents are always welcome and encouraged to participate.
Caring and dedicated Aurora staff and volunteers happily wheel a rainbow-colored trunk bursting with toys, games, crafts and activities right into many of our affiliated hospitals, transforming what can often be a difficult and scary day into a day of magical camp-like fun!
Our Wheels program, which launched in 2009, engages more than 6,000 children in 21 hospitals annually, ranging from toddlers to young adults. Younger kids can be found giggling as they are creating huge towers with Legos and Magnatiles, coloring their favorite super heroes and cartoon characters, arranging action figures or making fun shapes with Play-Doh. Older children rush in to join a laughter-filled game of UNO with their favorite friends and volunteers, or may instead choose to delve into an intricate art project. And of course, everyone’s day may include “whipping up” some gooey slime!!
The Wheels team complements hospital staff by engaging patients in one-on-one activities and fun, while at the same time insuring that siblings feel recognized and important and offering a much-needed break to moms, dads and caretakers.
Aurora on Wheels is sponsored by our incredibly generous donors who support our mission to deliver endless smiles, continuous laughter and hours of fun and to children undergoing treatment, their siblings, parents and families.
Please note: Due to Covid-19, our Smiles from Aurora visits are all being done virtually.
If your child is hospitalized for any reason, we’re here for you.
Aurora Day Camp and Aurora on Wheels staff and counselors are available to bring Smiles into your child’s day with a phone call or FaceTime session!
Our team is ready to virtually play games, read stories, craft and more!
Please call Susan at 470.632.0909 ext 5 or email to schedule a virtual visit today!