In loving memory of infant Abram Jacob Rutherford, pediatric patients at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa have received heartfelt storybooks for the past six years.
Abram passed away in 2012 from sudden infant death syndrome, and each year on his birthday, his family in San Tan Valley donates children’s books. The Rutherfords have donated nearly 4,000 new books to help in comforting children of all ages at the hospital.
The books are given out almost daily to patients and families who request reading material, as well as tucked into bedside activities bags and available for youths in the pediatric playroom.
“When patients can read about a subject matter familiar to them, or a character who sparks their imagination, it helps make them feel comfortable during their hospital stay,” said Julie Anich, Child Life assistant at Cardon Children’s. “When I enter a room with some of their favorite stories, it creates a smile almost every time. Parents appreciate the gift of brand new, beautiful books to read to their children and can take them home. Reading to children in the hospital really creates a comforting bond during a stressful time.”