One of the causes we donated to this year is the Harbaugh Fund, named for University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. The Harbaugh Fund sponsors initiatives that reduce stress in young patients at the U of M Mott Children’s Hospital. The fund began with a $50,000 seed donation from the Jim Harbaugh Foundation, which has now been more than matched by additional gifts from other donors.
Virtual Reality Headsets for Michigan Medicine’s Pediatric Patients
The first project the Harbaugh Fund is supporting aims to provide virtual reality boxes to every young patient at Mott Children’s Hospital. These are simple cardboard viewers, into which the user can insert any smartphone and use virtual reality apps to have experiences like going to the moon, swimming with sharks, or visiting Paris. One popular app, created by University of Michigan Athletics, allows patients to follow the U of M football team into their stadium, as well as go into their locker room to watch Harbaugh give a pep talk.
Why VR Headsets?
17 year old patient David Hicks, who is being treated for cancer, said that the virtual reality technology “keeps your mind off of the hard times you’re going through.”
J.J. Bouchard, a certified child life specialist and patient technology coordinator, echoed this sentiment. “The new technology has really opened our eyes to a whole new way of engaging with and serving our patients,” she said.
Join Us in Supporting Michigan Medicine’s Harbaugh Fund!
To learn more about the Harbaugh Fund and watch a video about their VR boxes, click here: https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/childrens-health/harbaugh-fund-helps-mott-patients-virtually-experience-big-house
If you are interested in making a donation, you can follow this link: https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/328549?keyword=harbaugh
To learn more about VR as a treatment for CP: https://www.abclawcenters.com/blog/2017/08/03/virtual-reality-games-as-therapy-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy/
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