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Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Cancer & Critical unit at Children's Hospital

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, left, is a cool surprise for David Padilla, 18, of Olympia, as he steps off the elevator to be a VIP for the ribbon cutting of the new cancer and critical care unit of the Building Hope expansion at Seattle Children's Hospital Sunday April 21, 2013. Padilla was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg and has been at Children's since October. His room is in the new Adolescent and Young Adult wing, the first of its kind in the nation, with a gym and special amenities and support staff targeted to the needs of teens. His family is staying at the Ronald McDonald House and liked that they would have some extra space to stretch out and do their own thing. "I don't feel so bad coming into the hospital," he said while sitting in his room. Wilson first met Padilla, a baseball player and sports fan, in January when he responded to a Twitter campaign started by Padilla's sister, Hannah. That too was a surprise, with a knock on the door to his room.

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