Hospital events to focus on children’s health and safety

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Derek Leonard brings an angry bird up to Sammie Flowers to be diagnosed during last year’s Caring Bear Picnic.

STANDISH — The annual Caring Bear Picnic and Kyle Kandal Bicycle Safety Rodeo are scheduled to be held rain or shine at St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital’s Page Memorial Park June 19.

Community Relations Director Holly Shillair said the events will center on being safe and healthy during summer.

“It’s a health and safety event for children up to age 12, where the kids are going to learn about summertime safety,” she said. “They are going to learn how to make some summertime snacks. There is going to be the teddy bear surgery, which our auxiliary hosts, and the kids bring in their favorite stuffed animal for a checkup.”

While the Caring Bear Picnic event has been held at the hospital’s park for several years, this year will mark the second time SMMSH hosts the Kyle Kandal bicycle rodeo, Shillair said.

“For the second year we’re going to have the Kyle Kandal Bicycle Safety Rodeo, so we are encouraging children to bring in their bicycle and helmets for a bicycle inspection and proper helmet fitting,” she said.

Children will also be able to make arts and crafts, play in a bounce house and participate in a number of activities running during the events, Shillair said. A picnic lunch will also be served at the picnic and bicycle rodeo.

Several agencies aimed at promoting health and wellness will be on hand, many offering prizes or activities for children, Shillair said. Vendor agencies will also have information regarding child health and wellness for parents on hand, Shillair said.

The Caring Bear Picnic and bicycle rodeo are free to attend and participate in, Shillair said. The events run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 989-846-3445.


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