Children's Hospital Receives Pinball Machine For Play Room

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As a the headboard of a Shrek pinball machine flickers to life, the famous Smash Mouth hit starts to play.

"Somebody once told me the world is going rule me."

Nodding her head to the beat is Grace Jansen, 8. She steps up, pulls the plunger and starts to put the first ever scores on the board.

Manning the flippers, the silver ball whizzes inside the machine. The game is a distraction to a much more serious reality. Grace is at the hospital trying to recover. She suffers from ALL, acute lymphocytic leukemia.

But the game takes her mind off that and makes her smile. She doesn't think the game is that hard to master.

"Not really, kinda of, but it's fun," said Jansen.

This machine is here to help her and others at Children's Hospital. It was rolled into the building Monday by the men who helped raise the money to donate it. The charity called Project Pinball.

"The energy comes and goes, but the energy came rushing back as soon as I seen her play. It means the world to us, this is why we do it," said Daniel Spolar, Project Pinball.

Medical staff at Children's Hospital were very excited to see the arcade game. They do believe in laughter being one of the best medicines.

"A lot of times what we want to do is get the kids out of bed. And so, where we can wheel video games into their room and they can lay in their room and watch movies, this is something they need to come to the playroom to do. It gets them on their feet. It gets them in their clothes. It gets them up and active," said Terry Patterson, Children's Hospital.

But this charity is different, it relies on local donors to raise the money. So for the past several months, local pinball die hards have been raising fund to buy the machine. It took roughly $6,000 to purchase the machine.

And pinball machines need constant maintenance, so part two of the charity was to find a person to maintain the machine.

"That is where I came in, and recruited at least two or three of my pinball buddies, and we are going to keep this game running," said Jerry Waldeck, local donor.

And after a quick look under the glass, Waldeck said it's ready for Grace and any other patient who wants to turn.