Patients, staff and special guests gathered to celebrate the first birthday of Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The day was filled with fun activities, special appearances, and music, music, music! LCH patients, and their families, knew something special was happening when they pulled up to the hospital to find big inflatable blowups on the front lawn!
Our birthday celebration kicked off with Charlotte radio hosts, Woody and Wilcox, from 106.5 The End. The guys played a game of “Quick Draw” with patients in the studio, and even helped with a birthday Mad Lib!
“Dakota the Dinosaur” drew gasps from the crowd as he, and his friends, came roaming into the LCH lobby and Seacrest Studios! Dakota was so large, he almost didn’t fit! It was a prehistoric birthday bash for sure!
Former patient, Carmen Diaz, who helped us open Seacrest Studios, returned one year later healthy, strong, and cancer-free! She talked about opening day a year ago and how excited she was to meet Austin Mahone! Carmen performed some of her favorite songs for us, including “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. Much to the surprise of Carmen, and the rest of the patients at LCH, Sara Bareilles actually appeared at Seacrest Studios to make our birthday party even more special. In town on her “Little Black Dress” tour, Sara was able to break away from rehearsal long enough to say hello to all of the patients and their families. She told patients about her favorite birthday party ever, which included a bouncy castle with her friends in an L.A. Park. Patients got to ask Sara questions and get her autograph!
Of course, a celebration at Seacrest Studios would not be complete without the most loveable cat in Carolina! Carolina Panthers’ mascot, and frequent visitor to Levine Children’s Hospital, Sir Purr, brought his energetic personality, and magic, to our birthday party! The most recognized cat in Charlotte took pictures with patients, and even helped hand out cupcakes. Sir Purr joined in “Birthday Bingo” with Charlotte radio hosts, Drex and Cassiday, from Kiss 95.1. He gave a squeak of his paw and a little dance when “BINGO” was called!
To finish off our amazing celebration, Seacrest Studios welcomed back triplet sisters, The TBA Girls, for a performance. The TBA Girls serenaded our patients and families with songs like “Let It Go,” “Happy,” and “Story of My Life.” Their beautiful voices stopped everyone in their tracks! Cupcakes, candy, Ryan Seacrest coloring book pages, dinosaurs, Sara Bareilles, radio hosts, Sir Purr, Bingo, patient performances, balloons, and The TBA Girls were just part of the parade of fun that helped make the first birthday at Seacrest Studios one that we will never forget!