FORT WORTH - Trick or treating is one of the joys of childhood. Unfortunately, due to certain illnesses, not every kid is able to participate. That’s why MedStar hosts an annual trick or treat event which helps sick kids get in on the fun of Halloween so that they don't feel left out.
Anita Meadows, an employee at MedStar, was at the event Monday night, "MedStar has the opportunity to take the kids on a stretcher down the sidewalk in the neighborhood and the people greet them. We do this every year. It's a great thing."
This year, 8-year-old Aknia Hurd and her family were one of the groups selected to participate in the program. Aknia’s father, Ray, was happy that she was finally able to get into the Halloween spirit. "My daughter's never been trick or treating before so it's a really cool thing to have her have the opportunity to do something like this."
Aknia suffers from Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes brain malfunctions, but that didn't stop her from getting in full costume and enjoying a night of collecting candy.
The MedStar staff was there the entire time to make sure Aknia was as safe as possible.
So on this night of ghouls and goblins, Aknia and her family encountered something that wasn't scary at all; a helping hand from people who cared. "Just to know that it's not just because somebody's sick but also because they care enough to do such a thing” explained Ray. “That's a really cool thing."
"Just to know that it's not just because somebody's sick but also because they care enough to do such a thing” explained Ray. “That's a really cool thing."