Christmas tree hangs above Ohio pediatric hospital

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Young patients looking for Santa in the night sky above a northeast Ohio hospital will see a different holiday symbol this season.

A construction crew at Akron Children's Hospital uses a crane to hoist a twinkling, 13-foot Christmas tree about 150 feet above the facility each night, hoping to brighten the holidays for patients.

Fifteen-year-old Ben Stanoyevic of Massillon tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1fWvcYi ) he was initially confused to see the tree but enjoyed watching the display while he was at the hospital dealing with complications from cystic fibrosis.

The tree was provided by the man overseeing a construction project, Welty-Boldt superintendent Tom Conti. He says one of his sons was treated at the hospital years ago, and that experience made him want to help other patients smile.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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