Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
3rd Annual P.J. Project
by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
Two of our fifth grade students are leading the 3rd annual P.J. Project! This project entails collecting used pajamas for the Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community. A-BE-C serves children and families all over the world by providing surgeries, education and ongoing support for children with a condition called bladder exstrophy (a rare and initially devastating birth defect consisting of a malformation of the bladder.) Collection dates are November 6 - 17.
Children who will be getting surgery in India will benefit from this collection. The CEO of the hospital involved reports that over the past two years, the families coming back for follow-up has increased from 35% to over 90%. It is critical for the parents to bring their children back for follow-up or they risk dying of kidney failure. He said that the families returning is a direct correlation to the PJ’s that we give the families. They feel valued and the kids feel safe. While the pJS draw them in, while they are at the hospital staff and volunteers are able to educate the families on proper hygiene and nutrition to keep their kidneys healthy after this complex surgery and ongoing procedures.
The program was honored at the International Association of Urology this past May in Boston with an attendance of over 35,000 surgeons and Shorecrest was mentioned. Shorecrest students are having a life-saving impact on children. They should feel VERY proud!