Before taking the stage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul earlier this month, legendary rock band Journey created a buzz of excitement off stage when they visited the Child Life Zone at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota-St. Paul campus. Keyboardist-songwriter Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory, and touring-support musician Travis Thibodaux made memories for a lifetime with patients and families. The band shared stories, appeared on a television special in Star Studio, autographed memorabilia, and performed one of their biggest hits, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Following a meet and greet in the Child Life Zone, the band made a surprise visit to 16-year-old patient, Annie. The moment the musicians walked through her door, her eyes immediately lit up with excitement. Being a guitarist herself, Annie was honored and inspired by the experience. The following day, she visited the Child Life Zone and was still beaming about Journey. She stated, “I could tell they really cared about me! It was so cool to know that famous people will come to children’s hospitals and brighten people’s days.”

Child Life Zone Coordinator Stephanie Smith added, “The memories that transpire from these visits contribute to the therapeutic value of the Child Life Zone. Thank you to all who make this possible!”

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