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April 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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New Cancer & Critical unit at Children's Hospital


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Tyler Peterson, his nine-year-old son Brandon, and wife Stacy, all of Wenatchee, react at the sight of Brandon's new room in the new cancer and critical care unit of the Building Hope expansion at Seattle Children's Hospital Sunday April 21, 2013. Brandon was diagnosed at age three with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and relapsed in December, landing them back at Children's, likely until the end of summer. Stacy and Tyler have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House and called the hospital their "home away from home." Each of the 48 new rooms is private, with nice views of Seattle and top-of-the-line medical equipment, with extras like a fridge, bathroom and shower, internet-enabled television for the patient and a small separate TV for the parents. There are also family lounges on each floor and a rooftop terrace garden. "It's the difference between night and day," said Stacy Peterson. "We won't have to leave his side to go home and take a shower." When asked what his favorite part of the new room was, Brandon didn't hesitate to respond. "The TV," he said. The emergency room portion of the expansion will open on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7A.M., and features a 24-hour Starbucks.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Brandon Peterson, 9, of Wenatchee, is the first to cut the ribbon to the new Cancer Unit.

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