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BANISHING THE BOGEYMAN
For centuries, little children who were afraid of the bogeyman begged to have a light on in their room when they went to sleep at night. The light provided comfort, security, and let them know someone was there to watch over them.
To a child who is seriously ill, there is no greater bogeyman than the fear they feel when they live with constant pain, when people in white coats are frequently poking and prodding them, putting them through procedure after procedure to get to the root of their illness to hopefully cure them.
GOOD NIGHT LIGHTS WEEK KICKS OFF IN PROVIDENCE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — Monday marked the beginning of "Good Night Lights Week" in Providence.
It was the first mission for some of the new Providence police cruisers, as the department recently got 72 new vehicles.
The $3 million investment includes new Ford Explorers, trucks, and a new Tahoe for the K-9 Explosive Detection Teams.
They turned their lights on for children at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
THOUGHTS FROM A 19 YEAR OLD PATIENT
"When I see the Good Night Lights signals, I feel pride. People are out there doing stuff, taking time out of their day, for a simple cause. Children look forward to that moment at the end of a tough day. They see lights that shine—something bright is happening for them. It’s super cool.
When I signal back, I’m acknowledging what they do. It’s good to do, to let them know that their effort matters and we care about it.
When you’re a cancer patient, you’ve got to keep moving forward to get it done. There are better things that will be coming. That’s the way I look at it. Good Night Lights helps keep me moving forward."