Macy Stahl discovered Seacrest Studios during her time as a patient at Children’s National Medical Center. The day she came off of isolation, her Child Life Specialist brought her down to explore all the studio had to offer. She was instantly filled with a joy that she hadn't felt in a long time. Macy was inspired by the ability to engage in a creative outlet – one that gave her the chance to feel like a normal kid again. With each studio visit, Macy discovered the importance of "mental medicine" in her healing process.
In the Summer of 2018, Macy entered the hospital not only as a patient, but as a Seacrest Studios intern.
“To say my experience was life-changing would be a huge understatement. More than any class I have taken in school, my time in the studio has helped me learn that I truly have a passion for working with children and families in the hospital,” said Macy. “As someone who has felt the power of the studio first-hand, it is awe-inspiring to see others transformed through the positive energy that the studio provides. I have been equipped with the skills and drive necessary to tackle anything that may stand in the way of my dreams.”
Patients with a chronic illness often struggle developing self-confidence. They often miss out on major milestones that children without major health experience as they grow into young adulthood.
“My time in the studio did wonders for my self-esteem. I found myself doing everything from hosting on air, running the equipment and even hula-hooping with clowns on occasion,” says Macy. “RSF does life-changing work for children. I’ve had such a phenomenal experience on both the giving and receiving end of the studio, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity.”