Creating a Story of Hope and Health for Children
If you described Nancy Morrell’s childhood as storybook, you'd be on the mark. Her parents, Bob and Ruth Morrell, founded northern New England's famed Story Land in 1954.
"When I wasn’t in school," she says, "I was there."
The park gave her a front-row seat as families met the Old Lady in the Shoe, explored the Three Bears’ house, and gathered to hear Heidi’s grandfather tell his heartwarming tales.
"For us, it was always about providing a relaxing, fun space where everyone could be a bit of a child," she recalls. Perhaps that explains the deep connection she felt when she visited the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock this year and observed the Child Advocacy and Protection Program (CAPP) and the Face of a Child Program, part of the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic. In a beautiful gesture to her late brother, Stoney, Nancy established a planned gift in his name that will benefit those programs.
At the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic, Nancy's gift will help support the coordination of care for more than 800 young patients, easing the burden on families as they navigate the multiple procedures that will help their children look, sound, chew, and breathe normally, says Program Director Dr. Mitch Stotland.
In the CAPP program, Nancy’s gift will help make up the 85 to 90 percent of costs not covered by insurers as professionals evaluate suspected child maltreatment in a way that’s supportive, thorough, and honest, says Medical Director Dr. Kent P. Hymel.
Thanks to Nancy, many more children will have a chance to find their own happy endings.