Maggie and Kylee are pictured here with Miss New York (Serena Bucaj) at the Children's Hospital at Montefior in the Bronx, New York.
I’d always wanted to work in a pediatric cancer ward, I texted Maggie about the idea and she said, ‘Let’s do it.'
To kick start their awesome non-profit organization the College of Mount Saint Vincent seniors used GoFundMe to raise money for Disney costumes and in a mere two weeks they raised about $2,000, all of which went to costumes, wigs, and a few other appropriate accessories to make the Princesses come to life.
While McGrane and Andrew launched the non-profit organization others have jumped on board and today around 40 volunteers have been to 12 states, traveling to visit children in hospitals in states like Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Amazingly, distance does nothing to deter the volunteers. As they hear of children all over the country they set up Skype calls, face-time, and travel to bring joy and magic to children everywhere.
One volunteer, Ashley Clayton, a volunteer and junior at the College of Mount Saint Vincent said:
We’ve never said no to a visit, we always try to make it work.
McGrane and Andrew spend time each and every week meeting with their 40 volunteers to coach them and to teach them all about the ins and outs of playing a Disney Princess and interacting with hospitalized children.
The volunteers don't just stop in and say hi. They sing songs, interact one on one with the children, and talk to them about their favorite movies and songs.
We want to remove kids from the hospital setting and help them believe in beautiful things