Dressed in a white lab coat with a sparkly pink stethoscope hanging from her neck, a second grader looks like a mini-version of her mother as she tags alongside her at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is one of 45 students who participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Moffitt.
Before shadowing their parents, the students spent the morning learning about nutrition and sun safety through Moffitt’s Healthy Kidz program. They took part in yoga and did a handwashing activity that made all of the germs on their hands glow brightly under a black light.
The students, who range in age from 9-13, said they like seeing what their parents do all day when they are at school. Some want to be doctors when they grow up, while others want to be entrepreneurs, veterinarians or engineers. Many said they just like being out of school and spending the day with their parents.
Marjorie Cortes–Alvarado brought her daughter Angelee to work with her for the second year in a row. She works in the Patient and Family Library and says it’s a great opportunity for the children to see how Moffitt team members impact patients at all levels. Angelee says she loves coming to work with her mother and hopes to become a Moffitt volunteer when she’s old enough.
Shadowing their parents at work was eye-opening for many who assumed their parents were doctors because they work at a cancer center. The parents and children said it was a good experience to see all of the different careers that are available at Moffitt that all have the same mission- to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.