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Welcome to the Live. Learn. and Play Podcast. A podcast about the people, places, and programs of Arkansas Children's. Our mission at Arkansas Children's is to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. Throughout these podcasts we will hear the emotional stories of hope, hardship, and healing from the patients and families of Arkansas Children's. We will be releasing new stories from our families once a month so be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
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It's Volunteer Week and at Arkansas Children's we know how important our volunteers are in helping kids be better today and healthier tomorrow. In this episode we sit down with Fant and Carol, two of our longest serving volunteers at Arkansas Children's, to discuss their passion for volunteering, the impact COVID-19 had, and the special calling that volunteers feel, especially at a childrens hospital.
Donating for Jacob

Donating for Jacob

2021-04-1432:36

Organ Donation save lives. In this episode of the Live, Learn and Play podcast we sit down with Elementary School teacher and Jacob's Mom, Holly Trucks. Holly shares Jacob's story, from having kidney disease at birth, his journey with Arkansas Children's, and flourishing in life as an ever growing and curious kid; all made possible by the unbelievable sacrifice and donation from his most loving supporter, his Mom.
The power of play can help heal a child. In this episode of the pod we talk with Brianna Shannon and Sarah Frantz, two child life specialists at Arkansas Children's, about the importance of being a child life specialist,  normalization in the hospital, discuss coping methods, and explore all the facets of the Child Life Department!
"They always said I had a 99% chance of dying, so to give life 110% chance now" says our next guest on the Live, Learn and Play podcast. For our special heart month episode, teenager Camden Tucker sits down to discuss her multiple heart surgeries at Arkansas Children's, the special care her and her family have received, and how she is using art to give back to children who need it most. 
How are you guys doing? What are you doing to handle the stresses of the pandemic and how are you talking your kids? We know that there has been a intense focus on the mental health of kids, parents, patients, and healthcare workers during the last year.  In this episode of the Live Learn & Play podcast we sit down with Social Worker and Program Director of Good Mourning at Arkansas Children's, Greg Adams, to discuss mental health during COVID-19, advice and mental health resources for families and kids, and how in an imperfect world we can strive doing good for ourselves and others.  Resource InformationArkansas Children's Support Group information: www.goodmourningcenter.org Arkansas Children's Behavioral Health Line: 501-364-4411National Suicide Lifeline:  CALL 1(800)-273-8255 or TEXT 741-741
The Year That Was

The Year That Was

2021-01-0621:06

Masks, Social Distancing, COVID-19.  The year that was 2020.  Patients and families taking ever precaution to keep themselves and their kiddos safe.  Healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors putting themselves on the front line and sacrificing their own health for those in their care.  On today's Live, Learn and Play podcast we talk with nurse superhero Amanda Andrews.  You may remember Amanda from our Instagram story featuring Arkansas Children's nurses who went to New York City to help with one of the early outbreaks of the pandemic. Amanda discusses her nursing experience on the front lines in New York, what she learned, and offers a look back to where we where in 2020 and the hope and optimism going into the new year.
The Call on Christmas

The Call on Christmas

2020-12-2230:48

The holidays are a joyous time of year. There's always a lot of anticipation. Getting or giving the right gift, cooking, shopping, etc.  You're opening presents, you're spending time with family, you're putting ornaments on the tree while White Christmas plays through your cozy home. But for the McFerron family and their little daughter Genevieve, the anticipation wasn't a present wrapped under a tree, it was waiting for a phone call.
The Red-Headed Cowboy

The Red-Headed Cowboy

2020-11-3024:51

In life, taking the first steps can be the hardest, but with love and support from people like our next guest, putting one foot in front of the other becomes a mission.  On today's episode of the Live, Learn and Play Podcast, we sit down with Carrie Andrews, Jayden's Mom, to discuss his adoption, challenges and successes, and the strength from being in a wheelchair all day to walking and talking a mile a minute.  
Proton Therapy, Targeted Therapy, and innovations in Pediatric Cancer! September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month so join us on LL&P as we sit down with Dr. Joanna Mack of Hematology/Oncology at Arkansas Children's to discuss exciting and emerging tech and ways to support the brave kids fighting and beating cancer!
Going back to school, especially during a pandemic is stressful for kids and parents. We talk with Marisha DiCarlo, VP of Community Engagement,Advocacy, Health and Hope Mullins, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's about ways to keep your kids safe when going back to school. We cover physical safety with COVID-19 and school transportation, mental health and signs that your child may be struggling, as well as online safety and trends to be aware of when using the internet. 
A Premiere Place to Be

A Premiere Place to Be

2020-07-1318:12

Going into a 20 week ultrasound can be exciting, scary, and everything in between. But imagine hearing the news that your unborn child has something wrong with his spine, and that something is Spina Bifida.  On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we sit down with Arkansas Children's Ambassador Evan Lee and his Mom Amanda as they recount stories from Evan's diagnosis, his ambassadorship at Arkansas Children's, and his medical journey into adolescence.
Here at Arkansas Children's we know that one size definitely doesn't fit all when it comes to your child, which is why the Pediatric Sedation Team is so dedicated to providing right sized care in a safe and compassionate way. On this episode of the Live, Learn, and Play Podcast, we talk to Dana Thomas, RN III on the Pediatric Sedation team as she describes the Pediatric Sedation program at Arkansas Children's Hospital and how beneficial it is for kids and families of Arkansas and beyond.  Please do not delay care.  Arkansas Children's is ready to see you now.
All in This Together

All in This Together

2020-04-1030:02

What are the psychological effects on children during the COVID-19 outbreak? We sit down with Dr. Karen Farst, Medical Director for Children at Risk, and Dr. Nicholas Long, pediatric psychologist at Arkansas Children's to discuss how to best handle the mental and physical stresses for you and your children during this unprecedented time. We also discussed the potential for an increase in child abuse cases in the state due to families being at home more during this time.  We are also so grateful to all of healthcare workers who are on the frontlines and who continue to be heroes for the patients and families they are treating.  We are so thankful for you...more than ever.
Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Rebecca Cantu joins the podcast to discuss COVID-19, where it started, how it spreads and ways to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Kid of Steel

The Kid of Steel

2020-02-2828:46

When we think of comic books, we think of the typical things.  Soaring through the air, the capes, the symbols, beating the bad guy.  You know, superhero stuff.  But for the kids at Arkansas Children's their superpowers are even more page turning and for some cardiac patients the symbol on their chest makes them a superhero come to life.  On this episode on the Live Learn and Play Podcast we talk with Adam Cherepski, Alex's Dad, about Alex's origin story and how he's using his powers for good.  
The Person that She is

The Person that She is

2020-01-3035:22

Type 1...Type 2.  One of the first things that comes to mind after hearing these words is Diabetes and the complications that come with it.  Faithful, loyal, funny, witty. A true family hero.  The first things that come to mind when describing Finley Kate, a precious 8 year old with Type 1 Diabetes.  On this episode of the Live, Learn and Play podcast Finley Cate's mom, Heather Patterson, joins us to discuss Finley Kate's journey that led to her diagnosis, how Finley and her family are maneuvering the complicated path of Type 1 Diabetes, and how you can support and impact the diabetic community. 
To Protect and Serve

To Protect and Serve

2019-12-3025:38

To protect and serve.  A police officer's creed.  But what happens when a devastating diagnosis attempts to take away a father and policeman's ability to protect  the most important thing, his son's health.  On today's episode we talk to Steve Chamness, a North Little Rock Police Officer to discuss the medical journey of his son Zach who was diagnosed as a young boy with a stage four brain tumor.  
Just to be Her Mommy

Just to be Her Mommy

2019-11-2628:49

We all make lists. Grocery lists, lists of goals, and just regular to do lists.  But for some people a list can actually save a life.  On today's episode of the Live. Learn. & Play podcast we talk with Ruby Peeler's Mom, Betsy, about her daughter's story and about a list she never expected to be on. 
A discussion with Parent Partner Jodie McGinley about the power of patient centered care, the importance of Family Advisory Boards at Arkansas Children's, and her own testimonial about her and her family's journey from heartbreak to giving back.
I Was Ready to Hear it

I Was Ready to Hear it

2019-09-2620:07

Teenage cancer survivor Alex Hinerman joins us on this episode to talk about the difficulty in getting diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, the battles with cancer and treatment, and the special memories of her time at Arkansas Children's.  
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