Keep the Roses Coming!

URBANA -- Patients staying at Carle Hospital always get a rose to cheer them up, but a few weeks ago, that program was on the chopping block.

The hospital auxiliary manged to save it with a new twist on the old program. Instead of real roses, they're handing out wooden ones. Volunteers say some patients can't even tell the difference. Before, it was costing the auxiliary thousands to buy and store fresh flowers. But the wooden ones are helping cut costs, and the switch has other benefits too.

"The patients before who couldn't receive flowers because of allergies or oncology or whatever are now able to have these flowers brought in to them," said Vanna Cunningham with the auxiliary.

Carle's rose program has been going on for more than 20 years.

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