Think Pink: Annual ‘Pig Day’ Brings Smiles to Jimmy Fund Clinic

Patients enjoy festivities and plenty of plush piggies during the annual Jimmy Fund Clinic Pig Day.

Patients enjoy festivities and plenty of plush piggies during the annual Jimmy Fund Clinic Pig Day.

Bigger and pinker each year, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s annual Pig Party was held on March 4, marking the seventh celebration of a beloved tradition on National Pig Day.

“The Pig Party was started by a patient more than eight years go, which is what makes the day so spectacular,” says Martha Young, program manager of Patient and Family Education at Dana-Farber. Since then, she adds, “many other Jimmy Fund Clinic patients have helped carry on the tradition by adding their own special personal touches to the day.” Like 9-year old Thomas Joffrin, mayor of Pig Day in 2014, who decided that “Pin the Tail on the Pig” was a must for this year’s celebration.

Doctors, nurses, and Jimmy Fund Clinic staff dress up in pig ears and pink shirts, patients paint piggy banks and enjoy pig-themed cake, and the playroom and infusion room are wrapped in “fun and silliness,” Young says.

Even those who come to the clinic expecting a routine visit are pulled into the excitement of the pig-themed day. “I have been coming to the Jimmy Fund Clinic for eight years, and I have never been here on Pig Day,” says one patient. “This has been such an awesome surprise.”

View photos from this year’s Pig Day in the slideshow below:

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