de Young Performance Captures Experiences of Hospitalized Teens

WHAT: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital presents “100 Journals,” a performance piece exploring teens’ experiences with chronic illness and hospitalization. Based on journal entries written by current and former teen patients, the production, which tackles everything from cancer diagnoses to eating disorders to hospital food, will be dramatized by students from San Francisco’s Galileo High School.

The performance is one of several special events taking place this month as part of national Child Life Month, which recognizes the integral role hospital child life programs play in the healing process. UCSF’s Child Life Department helps children and their families adjust to and understand illness and treatment, ensuring that every child’s developmental and emotional needs are met during a hospital stay.

WHEN:

Friday, March 11, 3:30 p.m.
A Q&A session will immediately follow the performance.

WHERE:

de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

WHO:

Student performers, teen patients and their families, UCSF child life specialists, and artist Brian Singer

CONTACT:

Media planning to attend should RSVP to Kate Vidinsky at kate.vidinsky@ucsf.edu.

BACKGROUND:

In November 2009, with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital kicked off the 100 Journals Project. The Child Life Department distributed blank journals within the hospital and to other health organizations with the goal of encouraging personal expression among teen patients, their families and the hospital staff who care for them. The program is based on the popular 1000 Journals Project, an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels.