Former Spartan QB Gives Back to Community

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

The fifth floor of Sparrow Hospital just got brighter. One treatment room was dysfunctional, out of date and scary for kids, but thanks to $25,000 from Drew Stanton's foundation--High 5ive and Lexus of Lansing, it has been totally redesigned.

"Everything is very accessible for the doctors and the nurses to get to so that we can treat the patients in a very organized fashion," said Karen Restum, the Department Manager of Pediatrics at Sparrow.

Stanton used to play football for MSU, but now plays for the Arizona Cardinals.

He's originally from Okemos and was actually born at Sparrow, so helping the hospital means a lot.

"There was a need and being able to fulfill that need is something that we are very proud of," said Drew Stanton, who played football for MSU.

Stanton and his wife are featured in the mural. He is a scuba diver and his wife Kristin is a mermaid.

The room is used for all kinds of kids treatments,

"Wherever I go, whatever I'm doing, this is always going to be home for me in some sense and I'm always going to want to give back to this community," said Stanton. "Lansing will always have a special place in our hearts."

The hope for the new room is when kids are admitted, they can be at ease, and have some positive distractions to take their mind off their pain.

"This is the first time that it's been done," said Restum. "It shows what a close community we are and how people like to give here as well, even if they go far away."

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