Lakin was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2016 at the age of nine. At the onset of each visit, Lakin is classified as "in contact” - meaning she is assumed to have something potentially contagious until tests come back to indicate otherwise. Therefore, Lakin is not allowed to leave the room, which makes for some long and stressful days for her and her family.
One bright spot during these difficult stays is Seacrest Studios and the interactive programs. “It makes that sense of isolation and confinement seem less overwhelming when she can interact with other kids in the hospital or with the fun, energetic hosts of the radio and television programs throughout the day,” says Lakin’s mom, Whitney.
Lakin is able to participate in activities by watching on her room’s TV and calling into the studio.
During a recent hospital stay, Lakin was having a particularly tough day. She was physically and emotionally worn out and it was increasingly difficult for the family to remain positive.
“Just before we were to be transported downstairs for her procedure, a smiling face appeared at our door – one of the Seacrest Studio employees. We didn't know who he was at the time, but his infectious energy and beaming smile was a breath of fresh air for all of us,” said Whitney. “He asked Lakin a little about herself and invited her to call in and play trivia live.”
Over the course of Lakin’s stay she participated in many other Seacrest Studio activities, eventually hosting a radio show with the same studio employee.
“He truly made her feel like a star and seeing her precious face with a smile from ear-to-ear was a memory I will never forget! Seacrest Studios is a much-needed retreat for families like ours. The studio is so much more than it appears to be on the surface. The foundation is giving kids something positive to focus on, to be proud of, to think about and remember long after they are back home.”