Jarrett's Joy Cart Holiday Store was open all night Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, and close to 50 young patients, some with their families and some with volunteers, did their Christmas shopping for their parents, brothers and sisters and other family members.
Patricia Magdaleno of Lexington said that her grandson, six-year-old Filiberto Verdin, 6, who is now a patient at the Children's Hospital, said that doing Christmas shopping brightened the little boy's day.
"He was so excited, so happy that he could pick a gift for his mom and dad," she said.
Jarrett's Joy Cart rolls along the Children's Hospital hallways 47 weeks out of the year, but Christmas season is the busiest time.
"Children that get to be in the hospital during holiday are upset that they can not go shopping for their parents, so we provide that opportunity for them," said Jennifer Mynear, who started the program together with her son, Jarrett, in December 2001. Jarrett was diagnosed with a bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma when he was two and a half. He died when he was 13.