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Companions in Courage "CiC" abides by the mantra: “No child in the fight for life or health should ever have to go through it alone.”  CiC provides courage, friendship, compassion and support to children and families who are overcoming illness and life-threatening obstacles.
Founded by NHL Hall of Famer, Pat LaFontaine in 1997, the Companions in Courage Foundation has built interactive communication centers and playrooms aptly named “Lion’s Dens” in 13 hospitals throughout North America. Through innovative communications tools, Lion’s Dens’ replace the isolation of a hospital with a connection to family, friends and celebrities.  Over 50,000 children currently utilize Lion’s Den rooms each year to communicate – text, email, call, and video Skype – with family and friends, play interactive games, receive homework assignments remotely, watch movies and simply hang out and be a kid.

In addition, Companions in Courage, in collaboration with Microsoft, distributes hundreds of Lion’s Dens mobile Xbox 360 kiosks loaded with video games, TV shows and movies that enable children who are unable to leave their hospital bed to play with other children and their heroes in a safe, online community. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, on a recent visit to Lion’s Den room said: “By getting kids to understand that they don’t have to be lonely or isolated when recovering from an illness we can address some of the stress-related disorders that we know hinder their ability to recover. It’s that holistic approach to wellness that gets these kids better faster and keeps them out of hospitals.”

Lion's Den rooms have been designed by Edwin Schlossberg and his renowned ESI Design team.  CiC, a 501 (c)(3)  charity,  is supported both through the generosity of individuals as well as corporate partners including Microsoft Corporation and Cisco Systems.

To learn more or to get involved, please visit the Companions in Courage web site at: www.cic16.org.

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