DES de­liv­ers Le­gos to kids with can­cer

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices and Dar­ren’s Pack headed to A.I. Du Pont Hos­pi­tal in Wilm­ing­ton to host a Lego and pizza party for the on­col­ogy unit on Jan. 31.

“Our friends at Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices headed to the hos­pi­tal with us to host a Lego and pizza party for the on­col­ogy unit! Since De­cem­ber, they have been col­lect­ing all of these amaz­ing Lego kits, and you should’ve seen the smiles on the kids faces when they got to pick their very own,” said Lau­ren Leonard in a post on Dar­ren’s Pack Face­book page.

Leonard added the de­part­ment also con­trib­uted $1,000, that they raised by sell­ing child­hood can­cer shirts, to­ward a brand new hockey ta­ble that was in­stalled in the on­col­ogy unit.

“The event was a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence, and it was in­cred­i­ble to see how much it meant to the kids and their par­ents. I am very proud of our de­part­ment and the staff who par­tic­i­pated in col­lect­ing the Le­gos. I would en­cour­age every­one to get in­volved with Dar­ren’s Pack,” said DES Di­rec­tor Scott Haas. “The Pack is led by two very spe­cial peo­ple that I ad­mire, Lau­ren and Der­rick.”

Dar­ren’s Pack is an or­ga­ni­za­tion started by Lau­ren and Der­rick Leonard of

Church Hill. Der­rick Leonard is a DES em­ployee. Dar­ren’s Pack was founded with the in­tent to up­date friends and fam­ily on the prog­no­sis of the Leonards’ son, Dar­ren, who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer as an in­fant; he is now 7. Since then, Dar­ren’s Pack has spear­headed nu­mer­ous fundrais­ing ef­forts to raise aware­ness about child­hood can­cer and bring joy to the chil­dren in the on­col­ogy unit at A.I. DuPont where their son is treated.

Ev­ery year, DES part­ners with an or­ga­ni­za­tion to give back to the com­mu­nity. Over the years they have part­nered with Toys for Tots, Adopt-aBear and Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

We are so in­cred­i­bly blessed to have these amaz­ing peo­ple in Dar­ren’s Pack help­ing us spread joy at the hos­pi­tal, and raise aware­ness for child­hood can­cer, said Leonard. Dar­ren’s Pack also ex­tended a spe­cial thanks as well to Chick-fil-A of Mid­dle­town, Del., for gra­ciously pro­vid­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties with sweet tea and le­mon­ade.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Dar­ren’s Pack, fol­low them on Face­book at www.face­book. com/dar­renspack. For more in­for­ma­tion about the De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices visit www.qacdes.com or fol­low them on Face­book at www. face­book.com/qacdes.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices vis­its A.I. DuPont Hos­pi­tal in Wilm­ing­ton to host a Lego and pizza party for the on­col­ogy unit. From left, As­sis­tant Chief David Rivett, EMS Lieu­tenant Lori Mor­ris, DES Di­rec­tor Scott Haas, As­sis­tant Chief Scott Wheat­ley and Der­rick Leonard.

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