SMILE is a VCU School of Medicine program designed to pair medical students (big buddies) with pediatric patients (little buddies) being treated at VCU Healthsystem. The big buddy serves as friend and mentor to their little buddy, providing a welcome distraction during long days of doctors appointments or hospital stays.
Supported adults allow for better supported children with illness.
Better2gether identifies the need for adult family members of children with medically complex illnesses to share their experiences with one another in a safe and comfortable environment. We are working to partner with a local health system in the establishment of
Caring for a medically complex child can be difficult and isolating, and having contact with someone who understands this road can be a relief. Better2gether RVA’s Mentor Support Program connects families further along in their journey supporting a medically complex child with the parents or caregiver of a more newly […]