The Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted “Lights without Limits: A Holiday Roll & Stroll” for its patients and their families to enjoy. (Courtesy of James Fields)

By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO

On Dec. 21, the Kennedy Krieger Institute created a “winter wonderland” in an effort to bring holiday cheer to the patients and families of the Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. 

Kennedy Krieger’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment, evaluation and follow-up services for patients with decreased function due to a variety of causes, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, orthopedic surgery or other complex medical conditions. 

The winter wonderland consisted of a light display at the institute located at 801 N. Broadway St. Children were be able to walk through the light display, see Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy favorite holiday songs. 

Severs doctors and staff participated in the evening by dressing up and escorting patients through the display entitled ‘Lights Without Limits: A Holiday Roll & Stroll.’ 

Mr. and Mrs. Claus were brought to life by George Thomas, director of Facilities at Kennedy Krieger, and Dr. Michelle Melicosta, medical director of the Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. 

“It’s been traditional to have all sorts of guests at the holidays, and other performances, including concerts for the patients who are here during Christmas,” said Dr. Melicosta. “This light garden is our way of bringing that to the kids this year, while keeping it safe.”

The institute made it a priority to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing masks in public and staying six feet apart. 

The program ended with hot cocoa and cookies for the patients. For more information visit