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Providing a 'better, more comfortable place' for young BMT patients

Last summer Camie Eugster’s granddaughter Cameron joined her at a University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital event. While there, they toured the blood and marrow transplant floor and the Eugsters’ Adopt A Room. “The room, the colors, the whole floor had an impact on her,” says the proud grandmother.

Checking into a fancy hotel can be exciting—especially for kids. There’s the big reveal when the door opens, the enormous bed to climb (or bounce) on, and the beautiful view outside.

That’s the kind of thrill that inspired the thoughtful design of the rooms at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Each “Adopt A Room” is a whopping 390 square feet—35 percent larger than the national standard—with a large-screen TV, a touch-screen computer, control of a rooftop zoom camera, lighting and color controls, a sleeper sofa for family members, and much more.

Yet it wasn’t the room amenities but the kids themselves who inspired Camie and Jack Eugster of Orono, Minnesota, to sponsor a room on the hospital’s blood and marrow transplant (BMT) floor.

“To be able to give children a better, more comfortable place to be when they’re sick, to provide a quality of life that cheers them up—these Adopt A Rooms fit the bill,” says Camie.

Camie Eugster has been helping young cancer patients for nearly 20 years as a longtime volunteer and former interim executive director of Children’s Cancer Research Fund, plus as a member of the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Philanthropic Board. But she and Jack wanted to do more. After all, she says, they have four children and seven grandchildren—all healthy. “We are so grateful for that,” she says.

The Eugsters also understood the importance of upgrading the rooms for children under going BMTs as part of their treatment because these patients often endure months-long hospital stays. Adopting a room just made sense to them.

Today, the couple says they’re pleased about the opportunity to give through their Jack and Camie Eugster Family Foundation.

“Everybody should know these rooms are available,” Camie Eugster says. “Go look at one and see what these kids are able to accomplish.”

Learn more about the special features of Adopt A Rooms and find out how you can help.

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