The Andy’s iPad Program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
was started in 2015 to honor Webb School of Knoxville student, Andy Whitcomb,
who lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2014. The initial donation
of iPads came from Webb families.
The students at Webb created an event called Sundown in Sparta to raise
funds and additional donated iPads for the startup of the program. The
first event was held in the spring of 2014 and has become an annual fall
event for the school. The school has been able to give more than one hundred
iPads to the hospital.
The funds that are raised from the events are also used to buy cases, chargers,
apps and movies for the iPads. The iPads are loaned out to patients in
many areas of the hospital. Patients can keep the iPad for the duration
of their stay with us. Not only do the iPads provide hours of entertainment
and distraction for our patients but they also allow the patients to connect
with friends and family who may not be able to visit.