NIH hosts Super Bowl party for children undergoing treatment in Bethesda

    NIH Super Bowl Party. (Photo: ABC 7)

    BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) – Millions gathered to watch the Super Bowl at parties across the country Sunday night, but none were quite like the party the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) threw for children undergoing treatment at NIH in Bethesda.

    The Children’s Inn provides a home away from home environment for families whose children are enrolled in therapy at NIH. Kim Hunt’s 6-year -old son Colton, from Denver, Colorado is here to beat acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    "I did not expect to be watching the Super Bowl in D.C.,” said Hunt

    Twelve-year-old Ethan Troupe is here with his parents from Canada. “The Children's Inn is a great place to be for families,” said Jennifer Troupe, Ethan’s mother. She adds, “Families couldn’t do it if there wasn’t a place like this to stay.”

    The Children’s Inn creates an atmosphere of normalcy so life can be a little easier for families during what can be a trying and terrifying time in their lives.As for the game, Colton was rooting for New England, Ethan for Seattle. The game serves as a momentary distraction for children focused on fighting and beating illness so they can watch next year’s Super Bowl from the comforts of their own home.

    “We’re going to put Colton on a plane in remission and we’ll go back home to Denver,” said Colton’s mother Kim Hunt.

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