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Published in Under the Rainbow on May 01, 2014

A little Sunshine

A spectrum of visitors who brightened our halls

Santa Claus chats with Mekel Johnson, 3, of Hattiesburg, during a “cyber stop” at the hospital with help from Cisco Systems’ Santa Connection Program.

In town for the Dixie National Rodeo, several rodeo clowns and queens stopped by to see patients. Famous rodeo clown Lecile Harris spends some time with John Matthew Davis, 9, of Canton.

Alijah Howard (a.k.a., Iron Man), 5, of Greenville, gives a thumbs up to the Kona Ice penguin during Batson’s Fall Carnival.

Batson patient Christopher Pena, 5, of Richland, examines a football cleat almost as big as he is during a tour of the Mississippi State football team’s locker room thanks to Special Spectators Sports.

“Assemble the minions!” Batson's 3rd floor staff poses as the cast from the motion picture “Despicable Me” for Halloween, much to the delight of their patients.

Express Employment Professionals brought their goodwill ambassadors, the Express Clydesdales, to visit patients in February. One particularly friendly horse makes friends with patient Victoria Gaffney, 11, of Pascagoula.

During the Valentine's Day party, Jeremyiah Moye, 4, of Picayune, gets a special visit from Mississippi National Army and Air Guardsmen, from left, Tommy Smith, Shane Fayette, Clay Channel, Kyle Waggoner, Willie Hearns, Tim Chesney and kneeling, Domingo Rodriquez.

Move over Prince Charming. Batson patient Christopher Stamps, 4, of Flowood, wears his crown well while meeting Disney princess Belle during a VIP meet and greet event sponsored by The Sunshine Kids Foundation and Disney On Ice.