Traci Taylor’s Toy Train program cheers up sick children at Southeast Hospital
Traci Taylor died 12 years ago at the age of 19 after a 13-year battle with leukemia. But her compassionate spirit lives on through the Toy Train program she conceived to provide stuffed animals, toys, games and books to cheer up children in Southeast Hospital’s Pediatrics Unit.
Her parents, Pat and Donna Taylor of Cape Girardeau, continue to carry on her legacy, visiting the Pediatrics Unit at least once a week to push the wooden Toy train cart from room to room, handing out toys and other items to sick children. Nurses on the Pediatrics Unit handle the duties at other times.
SoutheastHEALTH Foundation has helped fund the program since 1996. Foundation funding helps keep the Toy Train cart supplied year-round with stuffed animals, toys and games.