Elin Hoechst, a 3-year-old cancer warrior, and her team of caregivers at Sanford Children’s.

Magical moment for 3-year-old cancer patient

May 28, 2020

Even though so much has changed over the last few months, there is still room for a little bit of magic.

Elin Hoechst, a 3-year-old cancer warrior, recently finished chemotherapy for Ewing’s sarcoma. Her team of caregivers at Sanford Children’s knew they couldn’t let this moment pass without a celebration.

“There are still magical moments happening around the hospital,” said Bobbi Jo Vandal, a music therapist and member of the child life team. “This moment wouldn’t have been possible without donors to the Sanford Health Foundation who supported the creation of our child life program and cancer care for kids like Elin.”

Vandal and the care team planned a Frozen-themed party complete with winter wonderland decorations, wands, pin the tail on Olaf, songs from the movie, cupcakes and plenty of play. The team closed off, disinfected and decorated the playroom for the occasion and hid to surprise Elin, who was ready for a party in an Elsa costume.

“The Frozen party was such a sweet blessing to her,” Elin’s mom, Anne told us. “Her eyes lit up. Anything that makes her smile right now is lovely. She has been so truly amazing and strong and brave through this journey of hers.”

Thank you for making Sanford Children’s a place where magic can happen, no matter the circumstances.