Media Advisory: Support Ansleys Campaign and Support Patients at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

February 3, 2012

WHAT:    
Support “Ansley’s Campaign” and Support Patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Moochie & Co. at Tuttle hosts event Saturday afternoon featuring Nationwide Children’s very own four-legged “M.D.” – Medical Dog – Ansley; stock up for “Puppy Bowl” viewing parties and support the hospital!        
    
WHEN:        
Saturday, February 4, 2012
2 - 4 p.m. – media welcome

WHERE:        
Moochie & Co.
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing
(614) 760-5806
5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.
Dublin, OH 43016

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:    
On Saturday afternoon, Moochie & Co. at Tuttle will host a special day honoring Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s very own four-legged “M.D.” – as in Medical Dog – Ansley, a 7-year-old black lab/golden retriever mix. A portion of the sales during the 2 – 4 p.m. event at Moochie & Co. will come back to help the patients at Nationwide Children’s. Former and current patients of the hospital that have benefited from Ansley’s warm, compassionate presence, and sometimes even his ‘sloppy kisses,’ have been invited to the event. Ansley encourages the public to come on out to stock up on treats and goodies for all those “Puppy Bowl” viewing parties airing ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday!

Ansley, who just celebrated his five-year anniversary at Nationwide Children’s, works hard to help sick kids at the hospital get better. His job is called animal assisted therapy in which he works in combination with trained human therapists to help advance therapeutic goals for patients. When a child goes through physical therapy or speech therapy, working with Ansley can be one of the most important parts of their healing process, helping to determine how patients function independently later in life.

During physical or recreation therapy, Ansley helps patients work on motor skills. He can stand on his hind legs to help a child maintain balance. He walks with patients through obstacle courses and scavenger hunts throughout the hospital. He gets shy kids to open up and want to try and speak during their speech therapy lessons. These kids are going through tasks that challenge them, but they reach their goals with the encouragement and companionship of Ansley.

To support Ansley and the patients of Nationwide Children’s, companies like Moochie & Co. are participating in “Ansley’s Campaign” – a fundraising campaign – to bring awareness to the very special role he plays at the hospital.

CONTACT PRIOR TO EVENT:
Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 937-7316

CONTACT AT EVENT:
Susan Brewer
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Foundation
Cell: (614) 266-0544

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.