Last month, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, JJ, visited Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio to announce their donation of a mobile technology hub to benefit ill and recovering patients. A featured guest at the unveiling ceremony was Alex Hilgeford, a young patient treated at the hospital for a rare genetic condition that resulted in the amputation of part of his leg.
Complete with iPads, gaming consoles and other technology to entertain and educate children preparing for and recovering from surgery, the hub intends to help relieve children of the fear and anxiety caused by their illnesses. Staff can move the mobile hub throughout the facility, allowing access for the estimated 320,000 patients served by the hospital every year.
“The patients here at the children’s hospital face so many difficulties,” Andy Dalton said. “It’s for them that we have programs like the hub. We are very thankful for Dayton Children’s allowing us to spread our outreach here into Dayton, which will help us impact even more lives.”
Dayton Children’s Hospital is not the first facility to receive a mobile entertainment hub from the Daltons. They have also gifted hubs in partnership with corporate sponsors to several other hospitals around the country, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, and Texas Children's Hospital.
The Daltons launched the Andy & JJ Dalton Foundation in 2011 to “provide daily support, opportunities, resources and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families in Cincinnati and Fort Worth.” In addition to their mobile tech hubs, other programs include hosting date night for parents of ailing children as well as all-expenses-paid family trips to Kings Island Theme Park in Ohio.
Learn more about the Andy & JJ Dalton Foundation.