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About Sickkids
About SickKids

May 4, 2011

Biebermania rocks SickKids

The stage was set. Patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) put the finishing touches on their guitars, received their backstage passes, tied their tie-dyed bandanas and imprinted their footprints onto the walk of fame before making their way to the stage.

Students from the SickKids Epilepsy class pose with Justin Bieber's burgundy Supra high-tops
Students from the SickKids Epilepsy class pose with Justin Bieber's burgundy Supra high-tops

The main event: Rockin’ out with Justin Bieber’s burgundy high-top Supra sneakers.

The collaboration between the Child Life Department at SickKids and The Bata Show Museum brought the sneakers to SickKids Tuesday afternoon and helped patients and families to experience a fun-filled afternoon despite often challenging days in the Hospital.

The encased burgundy shoes drew a large audience of curious fans, from teenagers to “beliebers” as young as five [or if you have younger].  Thirteen-year-old Renata, who loves Bieber’s personality and musical talent, thought “it’s really cool and fun (to see his shoes).”

Cheyanne, 5, with her parents, decorates her rock star guitar
Cheyanne, 5 decorates her rock star guitar

Cheyanne, 5, whose smile is bright enough to light any stage, was super excited to see her favorite singer’s and “future husband’s” shoes.

Child Life Specialists make patients’ visits or stays as positive as possible through therapeutic play, encouraging self-expression, easing anxiety and enhancing coping strategies.

The Bata Shoe Museum purchased the shoes earlier this year, and put them on display during the JUNO Sole exhibit. With a collection numbering more than 13,000, the museum has hundreds of shoes on exhibit in four galleries.