Volunteers transform Doernbecher Children's Hospital into Whoville for the holidays

The Healing Hunter Foundation transformed the oncology unit at Oregon Health and Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital into Whoville on Dec. 1, 2018. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Healing Hunter Foundation transformed the oncology unit at Oregon Health and Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital into Whoville Saturday.

The stunning holiday display is for the kids to enjoy.

The foundation blanketed the walls with Grinch decorations, wonky trees, and giant candy canes.

In addition to sprucing up the halls for the holidays, the foundation also fills surprise Seuss Sacks that will be snuck into the patients’ rooms on Christmas Eve.

The project takes several hours of shopping and organizing and makes for a very busy week before Christmas.

Portland Fire and Rescue helped the volunteers bring the halls to life on decorating day and Bellagio’s of goose Hollow fed everyone involved.

The Healing Hunter Foundation was started by Lenore and Todd Thawley after they lost their son, Hunter, to AML Leukemia in 2010. They spent two Christmases in the hospital fighting for his life while he was receiving treatment.

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