Brain tumor patient earns Girl Scout gold

Clara Sherman demonstrates how children at the hospital will be able to use the "lily pads"...
Clara Sherman demonstrates how children at the hospital will be able to use the "lily pads" while safely attached to an IV pole.(WDBJ)
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 5:51 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Carilion Children’s hospital has some new, colorful equipment for its patients

Eight wooden “lily pads” for kids to ride, stand, or kneel on, helping them get around while safely attached to an IV.

18-year-old Clara Sherman designed and built the lily pads to earn her Girl Scout gold award, the highest achievement within the organization meant to fix a problem in her community.

Diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 10, Sherman knew from experience how tough life in a hospital could be.

“When I was in the hospital with chemo I would have to go to the bathroom a lot because they were obviously pumping a lot of fluids into my body, and so my mom and dad, they’d push me to the bathroom on the IV pole and I’d be holding it standing on the legs, so this is just an easier way,” explains Sherman.

Since then, she’s been in and out of the hospital and on chemotherapy.

This past Wednesday, Sherman made the special delivery of the lily pads to the hospital.

“It just allows another way for kids to be active, it allows them to not be bored and brings them joy and happiness which I know would’ve helped me then,” says Clara. “I’m truly so happy. It’s like I’m living vicariously through the kids, it’s just really special to me.”

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